Numeric nutrient criteria in your watershed
• Could increased agricultural stakeholder involvement in open discussions with state water quality authorities, and other interested parties, foster opportunities to address state-level policies that would intensify nutrient management and water quality education?
• Could state-level strategies and public policies endorse and expand implementation of science-based nutrient best
management practices (BMPs), which adhere to the principles and objectives of 4R Nutrient Stewardship?
(Visit http://www.ipni.net/4r and www.nutrientstewardship.com)
• Could pilot efforts be undertaken in selected watersheds, to evaluate the impacts of intensified ‘4R’ BMP implementation, using rigorous water quality monitoring, to evaluate achievement of scientifically-defensible, realistically-attainable, designated use goals?
If (or when) strict water quality numeric nutrient criteria and standards are required within your state, or within your watershed,how would you cope? Could you continue to farm and economically prosper with potentially mandated reductions in nutrient use? Is it time to get more involved in supporting and implementing 4R Nutrient Stewardship?