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Water in the News

March 21, 2012


  • Conservation Practices Impact Nutrient Losses in the Ohio-Tennessee River Basin
    National Hog Farmer
    A recently released U.S. Department of Agriculture study shows that conservation practices applied to cultivated cropland in the Ohio-Tennessee River Basin are reducing losses of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus from farm fields and decreasing the movement of these materials into the Mississippi River and other waterways.
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  • ‘Fertilizer Forecaster’ Aimed at Improving Water Quality
    Gant Daily

    A grant of $484,000 will support a joint Penn State/U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service project designed to help farmers improve water quality by making better decisions about when and where to apply fertilizer.
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  • Senate approves amendment giving Gulf states 80 percent of BP spill fines
    In a major boost for Louisiana’s coastal restoration efforts, the Senate voted 76-22 on Thursday, March 8 to direct 80 percent of any Clean Water Act fines assessed in the 2010 BP oil spill to the five Gulf states. The fines are expected to be in the billions of dollars.
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  • Value ecosystems not just crops when managing water use, says UN report
    The University of York
    A new UNEP report prepared by the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York urges policymakers and planners to think about ecosystem services, not just agricultural crop yields, in determining the most ‘productive’ uses of water. The report uses case studies from Africa and Asia to demonstrate how some of the pressure on limited water resources can be managed with existing techniques, such as soil and water conservation, minimum tillage and rainwater harvesting.
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Other News

  • New EPA Nutrients Microsite is Live
    United States Environmental Protection Agency
    Check out the newly released “microsite” by the EPA that focuses on nutrient pollution. The site also serves as a data resource directory. There is much information here to explore relating to nutrient pollution.
    Click here to visit the site.


  • Save the Date – AWRC Annual Conference
    University of Arkansas: Division of Agriculture
    The Arkansas Water Resources Center Annual Conference will be held July 11-12, 2012. The conference will focus on the State water planning process and source water protection. Visit the conference website for details and additional information as it becomes available.

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