Tag Archives: Agricultural conservation practices

Vermont Passes Clean Water Law Focused on Stormwater

On June 17, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law legislation addressing polluted stormwater runoff. The legislation (H.35) gives the state government additional tools, resources, and the obligation to reduce polluted runoff from farm fields, roads, parking lots, and other developed areas. Specifically, H.35 enables the state to: help towns implement modern stormwater management systems […]

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Planning Toolset Helps Farmers Implement Conservation Practices

A new agricultural conservation planning framework (ACPF) will provide a systematic approach to identifying the best options for reducing nutrient losses and erosion within a watershed. The research, led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and the Environmental Defense Fund, will address the growing need for agriculturalists to improve water quality, […]

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Freshwater Trust Methodology Helps Prioritize Water Resource Projects

The Freshwater Trust will expand a methodology based on geographic information systems (GIS). Known as StreamBank® BasinScout™, the trust will use this methodology to assess and prioritize potential restoration opportunities in California’s Russian River basin. Snaking southward and draining Sonoma and Mendocino counties, the Russian River provides drinking water for several hundred thousand Californians and […]

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USDA Makes $235 Million Available for Conservation Partnerships

On May 4,the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an investment of up to $235 million to improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat, and protect agricultural viability.  The funding is provided through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the newest conservation tool of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation […]

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EPA Need Not Make Decision on Nutrient Limits for Mississippi River Basin

On April 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not need to determine whether states in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin need new or revised water quality standards for nitrogen and phosphorus. The Mississippi River carries nutrient pollution to the Gulf of Mexico, where […]

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Nutrient Runoff from Agriculture Scrutinized in Chesapeake Bay

Excess fertilizer and manure applied to the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore are causing poor water-quality in streams that flow into the bay, according to a new publication released March 12 by the U.S. Geological Survey. According to the report, the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore receives nearly twice as much nitrogen and phosphorus per square mile […]

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Ohio State, Farmers, and EPA Take Steps to Reduce Algal Blooms

On April 2, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law legislation aimed at reducing nutrient runoff and thereby decreasing algal and cyanobacteria blooms in Lake Erie. The new law prohibits farmers from spreading manure when fields are frozen or saturated or when forecasts call for rain. The manure-spreading ban applies to weather forecasts of at […]

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Comment Period Open on USDA Program To Protect Agricultural Lands and Wetlands

On Feb. 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it is accepting public comments until April 28 on an interim final rule for the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). The program is designed to help producers protect working agricultural lands and wetlands. The 2014 Farm Bill consolidated three previous conservation easement programs […]

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Successful Partnerships between Agriculture and Water Utilities Highlighted in White Paper

On Feb. 3, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, AGree, and the U.S. Water Alliance released a white paper entitled Collaborating for Healthy Watersheds. The paper highlights nine successful municipal-agricultural collaborations across the U.S. that address water quality issues at the watershed level. The traditional approach of building more and more advanced water and […]

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Federal Agencies Call Virginia Water Quality Trading Program A National Model

On Dec. 16, federal government representatives, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and others came together to recognize an innovative, market-based nutrient trading program run by Virginia to improve Chesapeake Bay water quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality lauded the trading scheme as a model […]

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