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Since 1972, it has been a state requirement that all agricultural operations have an Agriculture Erosion & Sediment Control Plan. Since, 1985, it has been a state requirement that all agricultural operations have a Manure Management Plan. A letter will be sent by DEP soon to farms in the Bay region explaining the Agricultural Inspection Program process and procedure. Soon after, DEP and County Conservation Districts will begin inspecting farms to make sure they have these important documents. Ultimately, the goal of the 2016 PA Agricultural inspections is to ensure that all Pennsylvanian farmers are complying with State Laws and are doing their part to protect, preserve and improve the quality of the waters of the Commonwealth.