Tag Archives: Nutrients

EPRI To Host Auction for Water Quality Trading Credits

On April 16 in New York City, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will host its first public auction for stewardship credits under the pilot interstate Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading project. Interested participants should notify EPRI by March 16. About 90,000 Stewardship credits for nutrient reduction efforts generated by farmers in Ohio, Indiana, […]

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Iowa Water Utility Could Sue Over Farm Runoff

On Jan. 8, the Des Moines Board of Water Works issued an intent to sue three northwest Iowa counties — Sac, Buena Vista, and Calhoun — over high nitrate levels in the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers. The potential lawsuit is an attempt to require better management of fertilizer runoff on agricultural lands, as nutrients […]

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Sensors Provide Daily Nitrate Data in Mississippi River Basin

Announced in November, a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) article published in Environmental Science & Technology describes how advanced optical sensor technology on small streams and large rivers throughout the Mississippi River basin are helping to accurately track nitrate pulses to the Gulf of Mexico. USGS is using the sensors to collect nitrate concentration data every hour. […]

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WERF Awards Contract to Study Nutrient Removal from Urban Runoff

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) recently awarded the University of California–Berkeley and Stanford University with a contract to research extractive nutrient recovery technologies. This project — Enhanced Removal of Nutrients from Urban Runoff with Novel Unit-Process Capture, Treatment, and Recharge Systems — will aid future design efforts for urban stormwater runoff capture and treatment. […]

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Stormwater Fees May Have Affected Maryland Governor Race

Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R) has said he wants to repeal a state law requiring stormwater fees in Baltimore and 10 of the state’s other most populous counties. The law, passed by outgoing Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), is intended to help fund programs managing stormwater, improving local watersheds, and restoring the Chesapeake Bay. Hogan, however, […]

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Study Examines Costs to Cut Poultry Litter In Maryland’s Eastern Shore

A new study by Salisbury University analyzing the potential costs of implementing the Phosphorus Management Tool shows that restricting the use of poultry litter as fertilizer could cost Maryland Eastern Shore farmers between $22 million and $53 million over the next six years. The amount depends on how quickly farmers would need to achieve compliance. […]

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USGS and NRCS Partner to Quantify Effects of Conservation Practices

On Oct. 21, The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced a partnership to examine the benefits of agricultural conservation practices on water quality.  Working together, the two groups will quantify the benefits of voluntary agricultural practices at a watershed scale.  This information will strengthen the effectiveness […]

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Newly Formed Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance To Address Nutrient Pollution

In late August, the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA) was launched by agricultural and environmental stakeholders, including Iowa Corn, Iowa Pork, and Iowa Soybean associations. These groups are looking to accelerate the pace and scale of quantifiable water quality improvements and to advance the success of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy by facilitating farmers’ engagement […]

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Federal Agencies Announce 5-Year Great Lakes Restoration Action Plan

On Sept. 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan outlining steps that federal agencies will take during the next five years to achieve four main goals: Cleaning up Great Lakes Areas of Concern; Preventing and controlling invasive species; Reducing nutrient runoff that contributes to harmful […]

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EPA Inspector General Calls for Better Nutrient Reporting

According to a new report released Sept. 3 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Inspector General, the EPA and states in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin (MARB) need to better monitor and track progress in reducing nutrient discharges to the Gulf of Mexico. According to the report, a uniform and comprehensive measurement […]

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