Groups urge Ohio farmers to reduce nutrient runoff

Groups hoping to avert stricter regulations are encouraging Ohio farmers to voluntarily reduce nutrient runoff that's been partly blamed for algae hurting water quality in several lakes.
Associated Press
Jan 16, 2013

The Advocate in Newark reports the Ohio Farm Bureau is among 20 groups that sent letters urging thousands of farmers to take proactive steps and warning that the government might create new regulations if they don't.

Farm bureau spokesman Joe Cornely says officials aren't sure of the best solution but suggest farmers take steps now that are known to address the problem and can be documented. Those include not using more fertilizer than needed.

Phosphorus from farm fertilizers and livestock manure is suspected of feeding the algae blooms that have been a problem in Lake Erie and inland lakes.

 

Comments

titanfan84

Have they ever thought the lawn care companies are a big part of the problem to

Centauri

"Have they ever thought the lawn care companies are a big part of the problem to"

Good comment! How about dumping raw sewage, things that the powers that be try to keep under wraps.

doglegright

Centauri,
Dumping raw sewage up here in Cleveland is not uncommon....

eriemom

Not "under wraps." Higher taxes on sewage rates would fix the problem. I see a lot folks stepping up for that option.

Centauri

If not "under wraps" how about stop blaming the farmers? Just say that raw sewage is the major problem. The powers that be try to blame anybody but themselves. The news media helps by blaming the farmers.

EdgeOfTheH20

"Grow Food
Not Lawns"

doglegright

So... If farmers don't "use more fertilizer than needed.", the government won't step in? I love that statement. The EPA is just itching to take action and will do more to put government control in our lives.

Oh ya, and by the way, I see farmers ALL the time using more fertilizer than is needed. Yea, farmers have so much money lying around, they just "fertilize more than needed" just for the heck of it....

What a stupid article...

eriemom

Less fertilizer more often can be more costly then dumping more and time released fertilizer less often that runs off into water ways.

"Itching" to regulate? No. You fix it or we will have to.

kal-el

Yeah, heaven forbid we encourage conservation.

Trolls.

kURTje

In my zone all water Plymouth & North flows to Lake Erie. That includes tiles fields. South of Plymouth H2O flows to Ohio river. What is put on crop ground can make it to either location. Its called being good stewards of the land ahead of profit.