Tag: Nutrients

EPA Launches Nutrient Recycling Challenge

Every year, livestock producers manage over a billion tons of animal manure containing valuable nutrients, specifically nitrogen and phosphorus. Given the magnitude of scale, there is a tremendous opportunity to generate environmental and economic benefits from the nutrients found in livestock waste. Manure can be a resource as a renewable fertilizer, but must be handled […]

Safe Drinking Water Act Amended to (Indirectly) Address Nutrients

I recently posted a blog about how harmful algal bloom (HAB) advisories are likely a leading indicator of coming numeric nutrient water quality standards in Kentucky. Harmful algal blooms are a visible indicator of eutrophication, which is defined in Kentucky as the enrichment of surface water with nutrients. For more evidence that nutrients are becoming […]

Hypoxia Task Force Revises Goals

Twelve states, including Kentucky, are working on strategies to reduce nutrients in waterways.  According to a recent EPA news release, the states are devising new strategies to reduce nutrients.  Kentucky’s planned strategy can be found here.  The states have revised goals of reducing nutrients loads 20% by 2025 and shrinking the hypoxia zone in the Gulf by about 4,000 […]

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Kentucky to Receive $4.4 Million to Reduce Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Sediment Loadings from Agricultural Operations

Over the next five years, Kentucky will receive $4.4 million from the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, with the goal of improving water quality by reducing nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment loadings from agricultural operations.  The program aims to reduce loadings by providing producers with technical and financial assistance to develop Agriculture Water Quality and Nutrient Management […]

EPA Recognizes Market-Based Nutrient Trading Program

The EPA, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality recently recognized a market-based nutrient trading program run by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The nutrient trading program works to offset increases in phosphorus loads by creating a market supply and demand for land capture and storage of nutrients. For […]