Farm Chemicals in Water Causing Greater Concern

Farm chemical run-off into surface water is causing great concern in Minnesota. The threat to drinking water supplies is so serious that legislation is being proposed that would require farmers to plant 50-foot wide buffer strips along streams and creeks to block and and absorb flows of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment and prevent them from entering surface waters. The situation in the small town of Adrian, Minn, underscores rising concern over farm chemicals in water and fertilizer run off that finds it’s way into Minnesota’s waters. Most nitrates in Adrian’s municipal water come from surrounding agricultural lands, according to Adam Henning, the town’s public works superintendent. Human septic systems and livestock manure also contribute to the problem in Minnesota…Read More (PDF)

April 4, 2015


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