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March 2, 2016 – As in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the federal government has stepped in to speed progress in the Gulf of Mexico’s water quality dilemma. The EPA’s goal is reduce the size of the hypoxic “dead” zone by two-thirds by 2035. Ellen Gilinsky, the agency’s senior advisor for…
September 21, 2015, Vermilion County, IL – A local cattle farmer is in trouble with the EPA. It says he's responsible for killing nearly 100,000 fish. The EPA says a valve on a manure storage tank was left open, allowing it to drain into Stony Creek, which flows into the…
August 17, 2015, Toledo, OH – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur announced August 14 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest an additional $5 million across Ohio, Michigan and Indiana to improve water quality in Lake Erie’s western basin. “Science tells us that if we want to stop Lake Erie’s…
June 8, 2015, Watertown, NY – The federal government is stepping in to make sure a manure lagoon near the Black River is safe. State and federal agencies met with Watertown city officials just outside Watertown recently to discuss concerns about a lagoon being built 1,500 feet from the Black…
May 28, 2015, Washington, DC – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army announced May 27 they had finalized the Clean Water Rule. The rule ensures that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined and predictably determined, making permitting less costly, easier, and faster…
May 20, 2015, Blacksburg, VA — Growing evidence suggests that agricultural practices, especially widespread antibiotic use, could be contributing to the increasing antibiotic resistance problem in humans. In order to learn how to effectively control this spread of antibiotic resistance from livestock manure, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has…
May 13, 2015, Washington, DC — House Republicans recently voted to block government rules that would clarify which streams, tributaries and wetlands should be protected from pollution and development under the Clean Water Act. The rules proposed last year by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of…
May 5, 2015, Millbury, OH – Saying the Lake Erie water crisis last August is a wake-up call, a coalition of environmental, agricultural and other organizations in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to declare the lake’s western basin an impaired watershed. Despite the passage…
April 8, 2015, Indianapolis, IN — Deb Kristensen has seen firsthand the dairies affected by the U.S. District Court judge’s rule that dairy manure is a “solid waste” under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Kristensen, partner at Givens Parsley LLP, talked about the decision during the…
  Keeping abreast of the latest legal happenings involving manure application and nutrient management in the U.S. is enough to give a person a migraine. In late December 2014, the Wisconsin Supreme Court released a decision that had many livestock farmers scrambling to review insurance policies. The court reversed a…
February 3, 2015 – A federal judge in Minnesota ruled the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may release information regarding livestock farms subject to concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) regulations. The lawsuit was initially filed July 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The American Farm…
February 3, 2015, Des Moines, IA – A group of eight organizations has filed two lawsuits against the EPA for not doing enough to control emissions from large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs. One lawsuit deals with ammonia pollution, and the other addresses methane and other air pollutants. The…
November 25. 2014, Ames IA – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is holding a RUSLE2 and Iowa Phosphorus Index workshop December 18 at the Polk County office in Altoona, IA. The morning session of the workshop will focus on RUSLE2 including installing software programs, database management, performing dominant critical…
October 28, 2014, Washington, DC – A group of 25 Republican senators accused the Obama administration recently of misleading Americans about the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency’s forthcoming Waters of the United States rule. The EPA, which promptly pushed back against the assertions, says its so-called “WOTUS” rule will…
October 23, 2014, Milwaukee, WI – Six environmental groups have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to exercise emergency powers under the Safe Drinking Water Act to investigate groundwater contamination in cattle-intensive Kewaunee County in northeastern Wisconsin. In a petition to the federal agency, the groups say Wisconsin’s Department of…
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