Tag Archives: watershed
Water testing in Milwaukee River watershed

Nitrogen pollution lingers for decades

A 30-year study finds that nitrogen applied to crops has the potential to linger in soil for nearly a century after fertilizer is applied, creating serious water quality issues.

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Mississippi River

USDA: Conservation work reduces sediment, nutrient runoff

A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirms that farmers’  and ranchers’ conservation efforts to improve water quality and quantity are working. The report is a culmination of a watershed-wide assessment of the impacts of soil and water conservation work, including methods to manage nutrients and reduce soil erosion on agricultural lands […]

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Blue water main cover

Will cities ever get smart about water use?

A recent study in the journal, Water Policy, compares the water supply histories of four major cities: San Diego, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Adelaide, Australia. The major conclusion of the report was that urban water conservation, recycling, and desalination can’t nearly come close to the level of water conservation that can be provided by upstream farmers. […]

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Success of conservation compliance

The Farm Bill we had hoped Congress would act on last year is still pending. One of the conservation issues under discussion has been conservation compliance – the requirement that farmers receiving farm program payments maintain a conservation plan to limit damage to highly erodible land and wetlands. Some have argued that, with direct farm […]

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NRCS Chief holds water quality briefing

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Dave White held a briefing, Tuesday, October 9, on two major water quality initiatives led by the agency.  Both are designed to improve water quality in the nation’s agricultural heartland. Download the meeting agenda (pdf) Download a PowerPoint presentation from the briefing (pdf) The first was an update on […]

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Wisconsin Capitol building flanked by Lakes Mendota and Monona.

New partnership launched in Wisconsin to clean Madison-area lakes

An innovative new partnership between Dane County and farm families that will keep fields full of crops and area lakes and streams cleaner kicked off early this morning. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi joined Town of Springfield farmer Jeff Endres and other officials this morning to survey some of the 280 acres of farmland that […]

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