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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS FOR PROTECTING PUBLIC WATER SUPPLIES IN AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITIES)

Author
item Montgomery, Bruce
item Williams, Brian
item Sirucek, Don
item Olsen, Bruce
item Russelle, Michael
item Rosen, Carl

Submitted to: Annual Water Resources Conference
Publication Type: Abstract only
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/1/2005
Publication Date: 10/25/2005
Citation: Montgomery, B., Williams, B., Sirucek, D., Olsen, B., Russelle, M.P., Rosen, C. 2005. Integrated solutions for protecting public water supplies in agricultural communities [abstract]. Minnesota Water 2005 and Annual Water Resources Joint Conference, October 25-26, 2005, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. p. 35.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Many rural communities are facing the challenge of elevated nitrate concentrations in their public water supplies. In Minnesota, 10 to 15 communities have significant nitrate problems and as a response strategy, suppliers will frequently install deeper wells, drill additional wells for blending purposes, install nitrate removal systems, or take other actions to avoid exceeding the 10 mg/L NO3-N Health Standard. Although local communities are effective at developing short-term solutions, considerable planning, implementation, and science-based decisions need to be conducted to ensure high-quality water for future generations. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture, with support from many different cooperators, has actively assisted a number of agricultural communities by working with area farmers and agribusinesses. This presentation will feature the alliances and examples of "win-win" solutions developed with a variety of public water suppliers found in different agroecoregions. Solutions are unique to each location but commonly include a blend of the following strategies: federal cost-sharing on nutrient management planning and set-aside acres through CRP; introducing modified cropping rotations in vulnerable locations; promoting BMPs and university fertilizer recommendations; new technology; and alternative land use decisions.

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