State and local regulations for reducing agricultural erosion

by Robert E. Coughlin

Publisher: American Planning Association, Planning Advisory Service in Chicago, IL (1313 E. 60th St., Chicago 60637)

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Includes bibliographical references.

StatementRobert E. Coughlin.
SeriesReport / American Planning Association, Planning Advisory Service ;, no. 386, Report (American Planning Association. Planning Advisory Service) ;, no. 386.
LC ClassificationsNA9108 .A545 no. 386, KF1686.Z95 .A545 no. 386
The Physical Object
Pagination42 p. :
Number of Pages42
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Open LibraryOL2627143M
LC Control Number85196452

  For Texas farmers and ranchers, soil erosion is more than just an inconvenience — it can reduce crop yields, drive up production costs, damage water quality, and even create safety hazards for both people and animals. And while we have little control over the two main causes — wind and rain — we can take measures to minimize soil erosion and reduce its negative impact on our operations. Geologic erosion is not a process that is managed for agriculture. Accelerated erosion is soil erosion at rates greater than geologic erosion. It is a process that must be managed, controlled and minimized if soil and water resources are to be protected for our long-term benefit. In the case of wind erosion, soil becomes dust, reducing. And sometimes they are meant to garner political support for a law by giving it a catchy name (as with the 'USA Patriot Act' or the 'Take Pride in America Act') or by invoking public outrage or sympathy (as with any number of laws named for victims of crimes). History books, newspapers, and other sources use the popular name to refer to these laws.   But state and Federal programs aimed at reducing topsoil losses are being put into place, not only on farms, but in large residential and commercial developments as well. controlling erosion.

EQIP may also help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental regulations. Some of these resources concerns may include: soil and wind erosion, gully erosion, nutrient management plans aka Biological Opinions, wildlife habitat, etc. read more. installation of BMPs, monitoring BMP effectiveness, and maintaining BMPs are issues that are critical in reducing the effects of erosion and are best addressed at the local level. Regulating erosion and sediment before, during and after construction is a powerful and effective local government tool for protecting water quality in communities. The regulations will encourage the use of local regulations that control erosion and sediment to the “maximum extent practicable,” control other waste at construction sites, allow the granting of waivers by the permitting authority, and to qualifying local and state programs. With the Food Security Act, farmers are required to engage in conservation activities in order to receive government payments. This article focuses on the soil erosion impacts of 'conservation compliance', which requires producers to apply and maintain conservation systems on highly erodible (HEL) cropland that was already in crop production in or risk losing government farm price.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency should establish a program that supports accu- rate state, local, or university data acquisition efforts and encourages effective erosion area management at the state and local levels.:EtEFERENCES Benton, S., and M. McCullough. Average Annual Long Term Erosion Rate Update Methods Report. Agricultural practices such as burning and clearing of vegetation also reduce the overall vegetation cover. As a result, the lack of land cover causes increased rates of soil erosion. Trees and vegetation cover help to hold the soil particles together thereby reduces the erosive effects of erosion caused by rainfall and flooding. Agricultural production inevitably generates a certain mass of residual products including nutrients, sediments, pesticides, salts, and trace elements that can become pollutants. The emphasis of traditional conservation programs has been to prevent pollutants from leaving the farming system by reducing erosion and runoff.   A culvert provides a frame for farmer Jared Nordick's land near Rothsay, Minn. Agriculture is a big source of pollution, but some Minnesota farmers are working to clean up dirty water and reduce.

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The authority to plan and regulate land use in the U.S. belongs to the states and is largely delegated to local governments. Agricultural policy is defined at the national level.

These reports introduce planners to two major conservation problems in agriculture-soil erosion and conversion of farmland to other uses. Both documents offer guidance, methods and strategies aimed primarily at local Author: Charles Deknatel.

State and local regulations for reducing agricultural erosion. [Robert E Coughlin] -- This report reviews state and local programs for regulating activities that cause erosion on agricultural land.

It provides a background for planners who may be called on to participate in such. System Division of Agriculture. [email protected] $ () An Agricultural Law Research Article. State Soil Erosion Control Laws, Conservation Plans and Nonpoint Pollution. John H. Davidson. Originally published in GREAT PLAINES NATURAL RESOURCES JOURNAL.

1 GREAT PLAINES NAT. RESOURCES J. () State, and local government expenditures for erosion control. Benefits erosion, past emphasis on agricultural production and farm Income support which has often placed conservation in a secondary role to commodity supply control, the application of conservation measures on land with low erosion practices to reduce erosion.

Erosion Control Handbook for Local Roads 11 Regulation And Permitting Minnesota Pollution Control Agency - NPDES Phase I There are a variety of local, state, and federal policies that regulate erosion and sediment control. The primary agencies that regulate or have an interest in controlling erosion and sedi-File Size: 2MB.

The USLE is an erosion model designed to compute longtime average soil losses from sheet and rill erosion under specified conditions. It is also useful for construction sites and other non- agricultural conditions, but it does not predict deposition and does not compute sediment yields from gully, streombank, and stream bed erosion.

Policy: It is the department’s policy to provide those involved in earth disturbance activities with guidance on what must be done to comply with ChapterErosion Control regulations. Purpose: This guidance will define a conservation plan that will meet the requirements of ChapterErosion Control regulations, for farming operations.

Erosion and Sedimentation Control Procedures [Revised Jan ] Revisions to Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia Memo [Revised Dec ] Permit Fee Rule [Revised Dec. ] Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act Exemptions Memorandum from Linda MacGregor, Chief, Watershed Protection Branch [September ].

Soil erosion is a gradual process that occurs when the impact of water or wind detaches and removes soil particles, causing the soil to deteriorate. Soil deterioration and low water quality due to erosion and surface runoff have become severe problems worldwide.

The problem may become so severe that the land can no longer be cultivated and must be abandoned. Doing so can help to improve soil health, and reduce erosion, runoff and soil compaction, and therefore the chance of nutrients reaching waterways through runoff.

10 Managing Livestock Access to Streams: Farmers and ranchers can install fence along streams, rivers and lakes to block access from animals to help restore stream banks and prevent.

On Novemadditions and changes to long-standing PA Chapter regulations addressing Erosion and Sediment (E&S) Control and Stormwater Management took effect. All farms are required to develop and implement a written plan to reduce erosion when plowing and tilling (includes no-till cropping).

Chapter always (since ) stated plowing and tilling needed a conservation plan. The Basics of Agricultural Erosion and Sedimentation Requirements On Novemadditions and changes to long-standing PA Chapter regulations addressing Erosion and Sediment (E&S) Control and Stormwater Management took effect.

All farms are required to develop and implement a written plan to reduce erosion when plowing and. Agricultural practices have a substantial impact on many ecosystems worldwide, and give rise to variety of ecological problems.

Soil degradation is one the key areas in which agriculture impacts. The Basics of Agricultural Erosion and Sedimentation Requirements Additions and changes to long-standing PA Chapter regulations addressing Ag Erosion and Sediment (E&S) Control and Stormwater Management took effect on Novem All farms are required to develop and implement a written plan to reduce erosion when plowing and.

The purpose of this management measure is to prevent and reduce the amount of soil entering surface water. California-approved USDA NRCS standards and practices should be used to prevent and reduce erosion on the field or to trap and settle sediment at the edge of the field.

Strategies used to control rill and sheet erosion, streambank erosion, soil mass movement, and irrigation-induced erosion should be used as required in the erosion. MDE has established minimum criteria for effective erosion and sediment control practices. The Standards and Specifications for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control are incorporated by reference into State regulations and serve as the official guide for erosion.

Summary of the Act [] "This Georgia law regulates land-disturbing activity, which is defined as "any activity which may result in soil erosion from water or wind and the movement of sediments into state water or onto lands within the state, including, but not limited to, clearing, dredging, grading, excavating, transporting, and filling of land but not including agricultural practices as.

protected by local, state and federal regulations (e.g. wetlands and streams), size of proposed tract(s), topography, drainage pattern, geology, hydrology, soils, vegetation and climate need to be assembled. Such information is obtained from on- site examinations and existing technical reports, maps, records, and other documented material usually.

tons per acre per year, that is allowed by local regulations on a particular soil. Agricultural soil loss limits, often referred to as “T” are set forth in the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources onservation Service, Field Office Technical Guide. In Minnesota “T” ranges from 3 to 5 tons/per acre/year.

Agricultural BMPs CREP and Riparian Buffers This handbook outlines which basic practices are effective in reducing erosion and sedimentation and provides guidance on how to implement these practices on farms.

"Certification" means (1) a written endorsement of a plan for soil erosion and sediment control by the local Soil Conservation District which indicates that the plan meets the standards promulgated by the State Soil Conservation Committee pursuant to this act 2, (2) that the time allotted in section 7 of this act has expired without action by.

As of this writing in Augustonly five (5) Minnesota counties (Fillmore, Goodhue, Mower, Olmsted and Winona) have adopted an ordinance to control erosion resulting from agricultural use of land.

BWSR staff are aware that several townships have adopted erosion control or nuisance type ordinances, but the exact numbers are unknown. Conservation Compliance - In order to participate in USDA farm programs, Federal law requires that all persons that produce agriculture commodities must protect their highly erodible cropland from excessive erosion.

In addition, anyone participating in USDA farm programs must certify that they have not produced crops on converted wetlands and did not convert a wetland. than on land used for agriculture. The resulting sediment state and sometimes local law to place good soil erosion and sediment control practices on construction sites.

Water Quality Regulations to erosion control are preventing the detachment of soil particles and reducing the volume of runoff. Erosion control may also be. Water Erosion Overview of Water Erosion The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has primary responsibility for erosion prediction research within the U.S.

Department of Agriculture (USDA). ARS is the lead agency for developing erosion prediction technology, including the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE). property, and reduce the adverse impacts of land development.

The provisions of the Guidelines are pursuant to the Annotated Code of Maryland, Environment Article, Title 4, Subtitles 1 and 2, the Erosion and Sediment Control Regulations, Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR)and the Stormwater Management Regulations, COMAR The N.C.

Division of Water Resources operates under a variety of legislative mandates that include a wide range of activities. The duties of the Division include protecting streams from growth, evaluating water project impacts on the waters of the State, keeping records of water users in the State, providing technical assistance to water systems, and planning for development of water supplies.

Soil Survey Books. Contact your local USDA Service Center Office, or 6. Develop plans which incorporate the use of federal, state, and local agriculture programs to sustain resources (i.e., buffer strips).

Select appropriate conservation practices that will reduce erosion and improve water quality on a farm and urban area. View official versions of the TCEQ's current chapters under 30 TAC and related rules in HTML format on the Texas Secretary of State's Web site.

View Memoranda of Understanding. Agreements the TCEQ has with other state agencies and has adopted by reference.

View State, Federal and International Rules and Regulations. Local Planning and Regulations. that all agricultural land gets the required amount of water. Through incremental timing, each area is irrigated at different times so that all water is not consumed at the same time.

Spacing the same fields every season to reduce soil erosion. If you are thinking about purchasing farmland for sale in Florida, learning about farming practices that reduce erosion is crucial to properly protecting your land investment.

1. Reduce Tillage 2. Contour Farming 3. Cover Crops 4. Windbreaks. Search current Farmland for Sale in Florida. Soil erosion is a naturally occurring process of the Earth.Agricultural management practices that are particularly important in reducing soil erosion include reducing tillage (Blanco-Canqui and Lal, ; Gelaw et al., ) and maximizing ground cover with food crops, plant residues, and perennial cover crops.

These practices not only reduce soil erosion but also promote soil formation, carbon.• Erosion and sediment control regulations were updated in and (see the next section for more details); • Maryland’s Forest Preservation Act of requires that the state’s forest canopy cover remain or exceed its current level of 40 percent to reduce .