STATE APPROACHES TO REDUCING AGRICULTURAL NUTRIENT IMPACTS ON WATER QUALITY IN THE UNITED STATES

Peggy Kirk Hall1, Ellen Essman1

 1The Ohio State University

hall.673@osu.edu

 

ABSTRACT

Agricultural nutrients in the wrong places pose threats to water quality in the United States,  but  the  federal  government  has  little  control  over  the  issue.    States  do  have authority over nonpoint sources such as agricultural nutrient runoff, but what are they doing to address water quality threats?  This paper presents an overview of different approaches  states  are  utilizing  to  reduce  agricultural  nutrient  impacts  on  water.  Approaches fall into seven categories that range from statewide reduction strategies to nutrient  application  restrictions  and  external  partnerships.    Voluntary  incentives remain  a  priority,  but  a  slight  trend  toward  mandatory  requirements  exists.    The current  landscape  is  well-populated  with  a  diversity  of  state  actions,  but  funding, impact monitoring and coordination may prove critical to program and policy success.


BIOGRAPHY

PEGGY KIRK HALL is an Associate Professor and Field Specialist in Agricultural and Resource Law at The Ohio State University. She directs OSU Extension’s Agricultural & Resource Law Program and teaches Agribusiness Law in the College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences. Hall is a partner in the National Agricultural & Food Law Consortium, a multi-institutional agricultural law research initiative directed by the National Agricultural Law Center. She has served as President of the American Agricultural Law Association and Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Agricultural Law Committee. Hall holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from The Ohio State University and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Wyoming College of Law, where she served on the Land and Water Law Review. Hall and her family own and operate a grain farm in central Ohio.

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