Last year, some Maryland lawmakers proposed taxing poultry companies directly to help pay for waste disposal, perhaps as much as $15 million annually. The measure found little support in leadership. This is a much better solution, one that reduces government involvement and expense while helping farmers reduce their own costs and placing the burden for cleanup where it should be. That makes it a win-win-win with potentially the biggest beneficiaries all those Marylanders who love to boat, swim, fish, crab or otherwise enjoy Eastern Shore tributaries and the Chesapeake Bay. Reducing polluted runoff from farm fields saturated with nitrogen and phosphorus means fewer algae blooms and so-called "dead zones" that severely threaten water quality.