Governor DeWine needs to realize this is a war in and about water... not just a battle on land.
Nowhere in his 10-point plan listed below does he address the groundwater issues that contribute to roughly 50% of the problem. Using the same old approaches will guarantee that this plan will fail, as it has for years.
We believe the state will squander away yet another $172 Million by following the same direction the previous administration followed for 8 years. As Albert Einstein said, "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."
We understand the importance of farming. Farming is the backbone of our country. Maintaining high levels of farm production is extremely vital to us and the world. However, rivers and lakes are not built for this level of production. They follow the rules of nature and science, not the rules lobbyists, and we should treat them as such. We cannot keep marching down this same road, depleting our most important natural resource. We are destroying the very water system that accounts for 95% of our country's fresh water supply!
If we do not change our approach to this problem today, we create an even bigger problem for our children and grandchildren tomorrow. Unfortunately, by that time, it may be too late.
Testing results give farmers information on where to place fertilizer application rate.
Applying specific fertilizer levels based on the need of each sub-acre to reduce fertilizer application without risk of losing yield.
Applying specific fertilizer below the surface to reduce nutrient loss.
Mixing manure into the soil to keep it in place and minimize nutrient loss.
Planting certain crops that reduce erosion and enrich the soil thus reducing runoff and sediment.
When planted after the main harvest, cover crops reduce erosion, hold nutrients in the soil, and improve soil health.
Slowing down runoff to give phosphorus more time to settle back in the soil.
Creating modified drainage ditches to slow water flow and allow the phosphorus to settle.
When trees, shrubs or strips of grass are planted along farm fields in the right place, the plants hold on to phosphorus and prevent its release into the water.
Wetland vegetation and soils absorb phosphorus, slow down the movement of water, offer a natural filtering process, and allow phosphorus to settle.
According to the EPA, with the state's goal to reduce phosphorus by 20% by 2020, the expected time frame to detect the change in a large watershed is 13-26 years!
According to reports, we are nowhere near the 20% goal.
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