Tag Archives: Agricultural conservation practices

Port of Brisbane finds success in $1 million pollution prevention project

In early 2013, Cyclone Oswald tore through huge swathes of eastern Australia, causing some $2.5 billion (AUD) in damage across Queensland and New South Wales. The torrent deposited more than 1.8 million Mg (2 million ton) of agricultural contaminants, sediments, and nutrients into the Moreton Bay, highlighting a critical need for increased flood protection in […]

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Bringing life back to dead zones

University of Illinois scientist tests bioreactors that filter nutrient runoff, reduce hypoxic zones Dead zones — those regions that can be found in the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and even the Gulf of Mexico — are a serious problem for U.S. waterways. These hypoxic zones, the result of excess nitrogen and phosphorus run off, can […]

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Delaware stormwater regulation bill signed into law

Following unanimous approval by the Delaware General Assembly, Gov. Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 253 into state law on June 24. The bill eases stormwater requirements and provides flexibility to achieve results. The measure, which concerns standards set for stormwater-runoff management by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), results from a […]

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NatureWORKS survey seeks to understand green infrastructure needs

Jobs for the Future, a national workforce development nonprofit, has fielded a national online survey of contractors to collect data to better understand the skills, credentials, and potential of the U.S. green infrastructure workforce. This survey is one part of the NatureWORKS study, which is funded by the USDA Forest Service and The Kresge Foundation. […]

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Vermont Releases Draft Required Agricultural Practices for Improving Water Quality

On October 28, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) released draft required agricultural practices (RAPs). These rules would, for the first time, apply to small Vermont farms. The rules are intended to control and reduce agricultural nonpoint source pollution and nutrient losses from farm fields to surface and groundwater. The goal is […]

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WERF Report Summarizes Agricultural BMP Data

The Water Environment Research Foundation, the National Corn Growers Association, and the United Soybean Board recently completed the third phase in the expansion of the International Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Database. The database, which compiles studies and analyses of BMP performance, now includes agricultural BMPs. The long-term goal of the Agricultural BMP Database is […]

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Saskatchewan Announces New Agriculture Drainage Regulations

For the first time in 35 years, the Canadian province of Saskatchewan adopted new agriculture drainage regulations. The new regulations, announced Sept. 1, represent the first phase of an agricultural water management strategy that will bring all drainage within the province into compliance during the next 10 years. The new regulations will address flooding, water […]

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Minnesota Expands Agricultural Water Quality Certification

A state program certifying farms for protecting water quality is transitioning from four pilot areas to a statewide initiative available to all Minnesota agricultural producers. The expansion of the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is made possible through a 5-year, $9 million award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and legislation enacted earlier this […]

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Illinois Releases Nutrient Reduction Strategy

On July 21, Illinois released a final state plan to prevent nutrients from entering waterways and eventually polluting the Gulf of Mexico. The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy is considered the state’s most comprehensive and integrated approach to nutrient loss reduction and will help prevent millions of pounds of nutrients — from farm fields, city […]

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Grants Available To Continue Efforts for Great Lakes Restoration

Since 2010, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) has made progress protecting and restoring the world’s largest surface freshwater system. Continuing these efforts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a request for applications soliciting proposals for GLRI grants to fund new projects. Applications are due Sept. 28. This year, up to $13.9 million […]

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