The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Water Research Foundation on Feb. 1 to accelerate progress on reducing excess nutrients in the nation’s waterways.
“EPA believes that if we can empower farmers with proven market-based and watershed-centered technologies and approaches they need to better manage nutrients from livestock manure, we can accelerate meaningful progress on the country’s longstanding excess nutrients challenge,” said EPA Office of Water Assistant Administrator David Ross.
The MOU builds on successes achieved through the Nutrient Recycling Challenge, a competition launched by EPA with Water Research Foundation and others to develop affordable technologies to recycle nutrients from livestock manure. Through the new MOU, EPA and WRF will collaborate with the agricultural community to build capacity and awareness of programs and tools that support watershed and market-based approaches to nutrient management. To accomplish these goals, the MOU aims to:
- Facilitate greater collaborations between the regulated water community, technology developers and providers, and agricultural producers;
- Match innovative manure and nutrient management technologies with on-farm testing sites, funders for technology demonstrations, and third-party evaluators;
- Enable producer-to-producer information exchange regarding technology performance; and
- Develop and disseminate information on specific topic areas related to manure management and resource recovery and reuse.
“Excess nutrients in our waterways continue to be one of the most pressing water quality issues in the U.S.,” said Robert C. Renner, CEO of The Water Research Foundation. “WRF is pleased to work with EPA and take a collaborative, science-based approach to identifying and demonstrating promising solutions.”