Two local areas being targeted for Nutrient Trapping Programs

Press Staff Writer

        Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District is working with landowners and producers to offer cost share on eligible acres for a variety of Best Management Practices (BMP) in two watersheds.
        The Nutrient Trapping Programs for Turtle Creek Watershed is in partnership with Ohio EPA. The Portage River Nutrient Trapping Program is in partnership with Great Lakes Commission. The programs are intended to intercept and hold water, nutrients and sediments in and on farms fields to lower the chances of loss to the Lake Erie Watershed.     For more information about the programs or to find out if you are in the Turtle Creek or Portage River watersheds, call 419-898-1595.
        The following are being offered through these programs: Water Control Structures, Saturated Buffers (using a Water Control Structure), Field-Edge Prairie Strips, Field-to-Wetland Treatment System (Turtle Creek only) and a Soil Health Challenge. A Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) will be required for all acres enrolled in the program.
        The Soil Health Challenge is a three-year contract where farmers will compare conservation BMPs side by side with their traditional practices. Ottawa SWCD will determine a complete plan of conservation for the farmer to follow on half the enrolled acreage. Fields will be taken to yield over multiple years to calculate economics.


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