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Quality Water, Quality Life

Presentation from a round of workshops hosted by the Battle River Watershed Alliance in fall 2012.
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S Skinner

on 22 October 2012

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Quality Water, Quality Life Battle River Watershed Alliance Working to improve water quality for our communities, our economy and our environment Watershed Management Non-point Source Pollution Management The Goal:
To work with watershed residents, stakeholders and decision-makers to develop recommendations for management strategies and practices that lead to the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of our watersheds We rely on you to help us develop these management recommendations and make them a reality! What's included? Beginning with these workshops! Nutrient Management Focus What is it? Pollution that enters water bodies from diffuse sources. ~50% About 50% of the nutrient loading to the Battle River comes from non-point sources.
The other 50% comes from point sources (mostly municipal waste water) Water Quality Alberta River Water Quality Index Non-point Source Pollution Management in rural, agricultural landscapes Non-point Source Pollution Management in large and small communities Impacts of Poor Water Quality $$ Impacts to Aquatic Ecosystems Drinking water treatment costs and other economic impacts Social and Health Impacts 2006 Soil Phosphorus Limits Project Best Management Practices Your Experiences Working to improve water quality through managing non-point source pollution What actions should be taken? How can these actions be supported? What barriers are preventing people from taking these actions? individuals? counties and MDs? provincial government? NGOs? BRWA? others? communities? Actions Support Barriers write your thoughts directly on the paper or on the sticky notes How can these barriers be overcome? If you talk about something here be sure to link it here here ACTION SUPPORT BARRIERS Thank you! Any other thoughts? The amount of nutrients in the soil impacts the amount of nutrients in the water. Critical Source Areas areas with high nutrient content in the soil and a high potential for surface water runoff The effective drainage area is the portion of the watershed that might be expected to contribute runoff to the main stream during a flood with a return period of two years. Reduce Inputs Reduce Transport Capture and Degrade Wetlands riparian areas Manure application rates based on phosphorus (rather than nitrogen) requirements apply manure/fertilizer at crop uptake rate limit manure/fertilizer application in sensitive areas (e.g. riparian areas) plant cover crops or retain crop stubble plant crops across slope (vs. up and down) Minimum tillage off-stream watering systems for livestock livestock wintering sites set back from water sources Direct injection of fertilizer Manure injection or immediate incorporation after spreading Draft Water Quality Objectives <0.05 mg/L <1 mg/L Total Phosphorus: Total Nitrogen: Same as AB guidelines for the protection of aquatic life Low Impact Development Impacts of Urban Development "An approach to land development (or re-development) that works with nature to manage storm water as close to its source as possible." (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) A typical urban resident might apply 1-2 bags of fertilizer to their 3000 sq ft lawn. By doing so, they are applying between 3-7 times the fertilizer required. the best advice we can provide based on the best information available, as a means of supporting the voluntary actions of individuals, communities, organizations, and government. Non-profit organization working collaboratively with individuals, communities, organizations, academia, government (municipal, provincial, federal, First Nations), business and industry What experiences have you had with water quality in this watershed? in your local area? Nutrients from Non-point Sources Please write your thoughts on the individual sheets provided Solutions SOLUTIONS and here (who's involved?) rural? urban? Our actions on the land have impacts on water quality in our lakes, rivers and streams. (positive or negative)
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