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Soil and Water 4R Tomorrow Campaign
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 9:08 PM

Conservation districts were first conceived in the United States as the 1930s Dust Bowl swept across the country. Due to unsustainable agricultural practices and years of stifling drought, thousands of tons of topsoil were blown off barren fields and carried for thousands of miles.

Farming and conservation practices have come a long way since then, and the chances the U.S. will experience soil erosion on that scale ever again are slim. Today, algae blooms and water quality issues in lakes across the nation and Ohio are creating new challenges and impacting Ohioans’ quality of life.

Ohio farmers acknowledge that the phosphorus and nitrogen they apply to their fields is a potential source of the nutrients in lakes like Grand Lake St. Mary’s and Lake Erie. But the solution doesn’t just lie with agriculture because farmers are not the only source.  There are many sources including yard and landscape fertilizer, municipal wastewater and many other contributors.