Outreach and education are critical components of successful restoration efforts. CRA actively engages a diverse group of stakeholders, including farmers, homeowners and landowners, and local government.
CRA is recognized as a leader in working collaboratively with farmers to solve problems of nutrient and sediment loss to waterways from row crop agriculture. CRA is an incubator for new ideas and technologies for best farming practices that benefit farmers and the Chester.
Recent accomplishments include:
- Decreasing fertilizer loss from farm fields by piloting on-farm application of new technology on 24,000 acres to variably apply fertilizer only where, and in the amounts, it is needed
- Increasing buffers on farms by advancing markets for an alternative crop of native grass for marginally productive areas of fields
- Convening 200 farmers annually to exchange best practice ideas and information
- Convening an annual community event, attended by more than 350 citizens, for farmers and non-farmers to voice concern about pollution from agriculture and discuss potential solutions
- Establishing relationships that make dialogue and progress possible