Nutrient credits on Thursday agenda

Lycoming County commissioners will vote Thursday on the approval of nutrient credits for at least 15 farms.

Each credit represents 1 pound of nutrient pollution removed from local streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, according to Megan Lehman, county environmental planner.

Participating farmers voluntarily implement conservation practices to reduce pollution from their farm operations into local waters and the Chesapeake Bay in order to receive the credits, which are redeemed for a cash value.

Last year, more than $51,000 was distributed to farmers who generated 27,861 nitrogen and 682 phosphorus credits.

Commissioners also are expected to review an application for a $249,653 state Department of Environmental Protection recycling grant to reimburse the costs of two trucks, according to Jason Yorks, county recycling coordinator.

A $36,000 consulting contract with the Pennsylvania College of Technology for the county’s department of public safety also will be reviewed.