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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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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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Nine Nationwide Nonpoint Solutions

Nine case studies show how communities across the U.S. are developing tools to overcome stormwater challenges. These solutions will be presented at the 2015 Stormwater Congress.

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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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