MPCA Citizen Advisory Board gave a voice to everyday people. Agribusiness - industrial agriculture does not want regulation or oversight. GIVE BACK a voice to MN citizens!!
Agribusiness and industrial agriculture has been exempt from cleaning up the water that comes out of drain tile. This water often has nitrogen and phosphates. Drain tile needs to be permitted, followed and documented. If you have drain tile on your land and do not hold the water, you should NOT be eligible for irrigation permits. Those laws on the books need to be enforced. Agencies need to be empowered to do their ...more »
While politics inevitably will be important in getting people to change their behaviors to treat MN's water better, change of both the voluntary and legislative types is more likely to be possible if scientific rigor is applied to water issues. I'm no scientist, just a concerned citizen, but I am hearing that that has not been the case on the following two issues. One is the Agricultural Water Qualify Certification ...more »
How can we better align policy on water, energy, agriculture, land use, and more? Policies in one arena impact the others.
Large scale water appropriations from irrigators both pump and deplete our aqifers and create focused groundwater recharge changing the water quality in the area. Quarterly groundwater monitoring for nitrates, cblorides and pestiides should be reported and thresholds should be established as permit conditions for water appropriatiins. Changing, or impaired water quality attributated to irrigation could be detected before ...more »
The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program is voluntary and requires some of the Best Management Practices to protect our water. If ethanol producers, who consume about 30% of our corn, required MAWQC to sell corn for ethanol the industry, and the farmers would show a real committment to rural water quality.