Phosphorus News

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EPA Issues Final Clean Water Rule; Opposition Mounts:  5-27-2015 WASHINGTON (AP) Drinking water for 117 million Americans will be protected under new government rules shielding small streams, tributaries and wetlands from pollution and development, the Obama administration said Wednesday, May 27.

Washington Court Holds Manure Subject to Federal Regulation, Parties Agree to Settle: 5-20-2015 A couple of months ago, I wrote an article for Dairy Herd Management magazine discussing an important court decision in Washington that could have wide-ranging implications on agriculture.

New State Phosphorus Regulations Could Cost $7 Billion:  5-5-2015 The price tag of complying with new regulations designed to reduce algae-causing phosphorus in Wisconsin waterways could be more than $7billion over the next 20 years, state officials reported on Tuesday, May 5th.   Wisconsin officials will use the estimates when they ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to slow implementation of new state phosphorus regulations, arguing the financial burden on industries and cities would be prohibitive.

Maryland Reaches Compromise on Phosphorus Management Tool:  3-18-2015: Maryland lawmakers have hashed out a compromise to reduce phosphorus on its part of the Delmarva Peninsula, a move that could lead other states to do the same and slowly clean up the rivers flowing into the Chesapeake Bay.

Proposal Targeting Lake Erie Algae Clears Ohio Committee:  3-24-2015 A bill designed to reduce the toxic algae in Lake Erie cleared an Ohio legislative panel Tuesday after it was changed to give some farmers a way to temporarily avoid penalties if they violate a proposed ban on spreading manure.  The revision was among several approved by the Ohio House’s agriculture committee. Both the full House and Senate are expected to vote on the measure Wednesday and send it to the governor.  The legislation would be the first passed in an effort to slow the spread of the algae since August, when a toxin contaminated the drinking water for more than 400,000 people in northeastern Ohio and southeastern Michigan.

CSA News Feb. 2015
Subsoil Phosphorus Loss: A complex problem with no easy solution.

Des Moines Register Feb 2015
A Simple Soil Test could Save Millions

WaterWorld Feb. 2015
Hypoxia Task Force Develops New Strategies for Nutrient Reduction in MS River, Gulf of Mexico

Ames Tribune Feb. 2015
Dennis Keeney: Iowa’s Water Quality Quandaries

Des Moines Register Jan. 2015
Hogan’s Budget Cuts Environment Funds, Phosphorus Regs: The governor cuts $66 million from environmental project funding compared to 2015.

Circle of Blue News Jan. 2015
Des Moines Initiates Clean Water Act lawsuit to stem farm pollution: Iowa’s largest city will sue three upstream counties to reduce nitrate contamination – Circle of Blue News Jan. 2015.

Des Moines Register Jan 2015
Water Works Votes to Sue 3 Counties over Nitrates

VPR Vermont’s NPR News Source Jan. 2015
Vermont Farms Fret over New Sanctions for Water Pollution

Des Moines Register Jan. 2015
Vilsack Doubts Lawsuit will Speed Water-Pollution Cleanup: USDA will get further with its efforts than a lawsuit.

Agweb Jan. 2015
EPA Sued by Environmental Groups over Farm Pollution

Huffington Post Jan. 2015
Farms can be Held Liable for Pollution from Manure, U.S. Federal Court Rules

Duluth News Tribune Jan. 2015
Gov. Dayton to Propose Buffer Zones Bordering all State Waters

EPA report 2015
Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A review and synthesis of the Scientific evidence.

The Blade 2015
Ohio House Unanimously Passes Fertilizer-Runoff Bill

Phosphate Rock in European Union Critical Raw Materials List:  7-17-2014  The European Commission has added phosphate rock to the list of 20 Critical Raw Materials, for which supply security is at risk and economic importance is high. Phosphate rock is identified as non-substitutable and of high economic importance. The updated list results from analysis of 54 non-energy, non-food materials including both abiotic and biotic materials. European policies to address raw materials criticality and dependency include improving efficiency of materials use and recycling, waste policy and international cooperation to address supply security.

Farm Bureau Nov. 2014
The Real Reason for High Nitrates in the Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers

Fall 2014
Arkansas Land & Life

National Academy of Science report 2011
Achieving nutrient reduction goals in the Chesapeake Bay 

American Society of Agronomy Nov. 2011
Getting to the Bottom of Lake Erie’s Water Quality Woes


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