Two environmental groups have sued two chicken producers over alleged effluent from a large chicken farm that discharges into a Chesapeake Bay tributary. Assateague Coastkeeper v. Hudson, No. N/A (D. Md. filed 03/01/10). The complaint alleges that the effluent comes from uncovered manure piles at the 80,000-bird chicken farm in Berlin, Maryland. According to the plaintiffs, the runoff includes phosphorus and nitrogen, as well as fecal coliform and E. coli in concentrations far exceeding limits set by the Maryland Department of the Environment for recreational waters. The complaint seeks injunctive relief, a civil penalty and costs.