Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, one of MCAC’s partner groups, and Oakland View Farms in Ridgley, MD were recently honored for their partnership to clean up local waterways, winning the national Outstanding Achievement in Community Partnerships award presented by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.

Beginning in 2010, MRC and Oakland View Farms partnered to design and install Maryland’s first bioreactor that removes nitrogen from water as it passes through drainage tile lines. Since the bioreactor was installed in 2013, it has significantly reduced nitrate concentrations in water.

Nitrogen is abundant in farm runoff, and ends up as a major pollutant of local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.

This goes to show that farmers and environmental groups can and must work effectively together to improve water quality. To reach our clean water goals, collaboration with all sectors is crucial. And with more advanced technology at our disposal, solutions to reduce pollution from agriculture must continue to be explored.

Read more here. Congratulations to MRC and Oakland View Farms for this award, and keep up the great work!