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NACD ATTENDS SUSTAINABLE AG SUMMIT

Last week, NACD staff attended the annual Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Indianapolis, Ind. With nearly 650 attendees, the summit allowed various sectors of production agriculture to meet and discuss opportunities to advance a coordinated and comprehensive approach to improve agricultural stability.
 
During the two-day event, NACD CEO Jeremy Peters, NACD Director of Development Laura Demmel, NACD Projects and Partnerships Coordinator Meg Leader and the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts (AISWCD) President Steve Stierwalt spoke to representatives from current and future partners about how NACD and the work of conservation districts can be an integral part of any project focusing on improving agricultural sustainability.   
 
On Tuesday afternoon, Leader and Stierwalt served on a panel focused on how to find trusted advisers that influence farmer decision making. Leader described how conservation districts are a natural place for a proposed project to find local support leading to successful engagement and Stierwalt described how Illinois' Saving Tomorrow's Agriculture Resources (STAR) evaluation system provides an opportunity to engage with farmers.
 
Prior to the summit, Peters, Demmel and Leader also attended the Field to Market Plenary and General Assembly and the Field to Market Sustainability Leadership Awards Ceremony and Reception. During the Plenary, the NACD staff participated in standing committee discussions and Peters led the Civil Society Sector meeting. 

 
WEEKLY FUNNY
NOMINATIONS WANTED

Request for Candidate Nominations to the Environmental Financial Advisory Board
 
EPA invites nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB). Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified persons. Individuals may self-nominate. Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than January 6, 2020. Nominations should be sent in writing to Stephanie Sanzone, membership coordinator, via email at
sanzone.stephanie@epa.gov (preferred) or by mail to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center (4202M), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460. Appointments will be made by the Administrator and will be announced in June 2020.
 

Federal Register Notice of Request for Nominations of Candidates to EFAB
 
Nominations should include the following information:
  • Contact information for the person making the nomination;
  • Contact information for the nominee (if different), including full name and title, business mailing address, telephone and email address;
  • The specific areas of experience or expertise of the nominee;
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume; and,
  • A biographical sketch of the nominee indicating current position and recent service on other national advisory committees or national professional organizations.
 
A supporting letter of endorsement is encouraged, but not required.
 
For more information, including criteria for nominees, please visit our
EFAB website.
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ICYMI ... NLRS NOTES

NLRS Guest Column

By Trevor Sample | November 19, 2019
Agency Coordinator for the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency


The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) 2019 Biennial Report was released on November 18, 2019. The report can be found at: http://go.illinois.edu/NLRS. This is the second biennial report since the release of the NLRS in 2015. The first biennial report was released in 2017. The 2019 Biennial Report presents and discusses data and information related to the implementation of the NLRS for the past two years from the three main sectors: agriculture, point sources, and urban stormwater.  It also contains an updated Science Assessment conducted by University of Illinois professor Dr. Greg McIsaac. The updated Science Assessment used more recent water quality data to calculate nutrient loads and yields statewide as well as on a HUC 8 watershed basis. The 2019 Biennial Report also features a new chapter called Adaptive Management, which compares implementation levels to the water quality goals and implementation scenarios outlined in the NLRS.

The agriculture chapter once again highlights the acres of conservation practices that have been installed with state and federal financial and technical assistance programs. The 2019 Biennial Report also includes data from the Soil Transect Survey as an indicator for reduced tillage practices and acres meeting or exceeding “T”. A National Agricultural Statistics Service NLRS survey was conducted to estimate the amount and types of conservation practices that were established as well as gauging farmer knowledge on certain practices for the 2017 growing season. The report also recognizes the contributions of the non-governmental organizations who are working to implement the NLRS.

The urban stormwater chapter shows the level of urban stormwater practices that were installed in the last two years with financial assistance provided by the Illinois EPA 319 Nonpoint Source Grant Program. In addition, data gleaned from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) annual inspection reports were summarized for the first time, as a means to track additional urban stormwater practices. This chapter also recognizes stormwater partner contributions and programs from around the state.

One of the highlights of the 2019 Biennial Report is found in the point source chapter. Using Discharge Monitoring Report data from municipal and industrial point source facilities, the data show that from 2011 to 2018, there has been an annual reduction of 4.3 million pounds of total phosphorus from point sources. This represents a 24% reduction in point sources’ total phosphorus loads compared to the 2011 baseline loads used in the NLRS. This achievement is largely due to phosphorus concentration limits being placed in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for major municipal facilities (those discharging one million gallons per day or greater).

All of this information and more will be discussed at the NLRS Annual Conference being held at the Crown Plaza in Springfield on December 3rd-4th. Registration information can be found at the website listed above. On behalf of the NLRS Steering Committee, I would like to thank all of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts who submitted information to be included in the 2019 Biennial Report, as well as your continued efforts working to implement the NLRS.

 
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