Nutrient reduction is top of mind for farmers in many states, and USDA and EPA are upping their support efforts. The agencies recently reached out to state and tribal governments to provide financial and technical assistance for nutrient management.
“Thanks to the hard work of states, tribes and stakeholders, EPA and the USDA have made significant progress reducing excess nutrients in some watersheds,” said David P. Ross, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water. “Now is the time to build on that success and leverage the market-based approaches that we know can lead to meaningful results across the country.”
This announcement from USDA and EPA marks a renewed effort for more inter-agency collaboration to address water quality and nutrient runoff concerns. The agencies say in addition to financial and technical support resources and staff will be available to help with local problem-solving, targeting approaches such as water quality credit trading, public-private partnerships, pay-for success and supply chain programs.