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1 (your state) Master Farmer Program (your state) Master Farmer Program Add your university logo or program logo here

2 The Clean Water Act Originated as the Water Pollution Control Act (WPCA) of 1948 Originated as the Water Pollution Control Act (WPCA) of 1948 WPCA amendments in 1970 created the EPA WPCA amendments in 1970 created the EPA WPCA Amendments of 1972 became what is commonly known as the Clean Water Act (CWA) today WPCA Amendments of 1972 became what is commonly known as the Clean Water Act (CWA) today

3 Focused on point source or end-of-the-pipe sources - originate from a stationary location or fixed facility from which pollutants are discharged directly into a water-body Focused on point source or end-of-the-pipe sources - originate from a stationary location or fixed facility from which pollutants are discharged directly into a water-body -includes run-off from wastewater treatment plants, CAFOs, oil refineries Largely exempted nonpoint source (NPS) runoff from regulation; these were managed by voluntary implementation of BMPs Largely exempted nonpoint source (NPS) runoff from regulation; these were managed by voluntary implementation of BMPs - includes run-off from all agriculture, lawns, highways, parking lots, natural sources CWA Focus For First 25 Years

4 Requires states to develop lists of impaired waters (EPA approved) Requires states to develop lists of impaired waters (EPA approved) Requires states to identify pollution reductions needed to meet standards – now includes both point and non-point source pollutants Requires states to identify pollution reductions needed to meet standards – now includes both point and non-point source pollutants Requires development of TMDLs and implementation plans that will lead to clean water goals (EPA approved) Requires development of TMDLs and implementation plans that will lead to clean water goals (EPA approved) Requirements of the CWA

5 T otal M aximum D aily L oad A TMDL is the maximum amount of a pollutant (allocated among point, nonpoint, and natural sources) that can enter a water body and still comply with water quality standards. It is required for waters not meeting state / EPA approved water quality standards. TMDLs must also be approved by EPA. What is a TMDL ?

6 Sediments Sediments Nutrients Nutrients Pesticides Pesticides Oil & Grease Oil & Grease Animal Wastes Animal Wastes Agriculture and Forestry Nonpoint Source Pollutants

7 Impairment Status of Louisianas Basin Sub-segments *Based on DRAFT (b) List and subject to minor changes. Add your state map with impairments

8 LOUISIANA LAND USE Add your state land use map here.

9 Louisiana Master Farmer Program Collaborations/Partnerships Add your university and program logo here; also add any partnering or supporting agency logos

10 Multi-agency effort sponsored by the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation (add your own) Multi-agency effort sponsored by the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation (add your own) Implemented by watershed, with the AgCenters watershed agent coordinating the sessions (add your university dept. or center here) Implemented by watershed, with the AgCenters watershed agent coordinating the sessions (add your university dept. or center here) Targets all agricultural producers Targets all agricultural producers Objective: The (your state) Master Farmer Program is a multi-agency effort targeted at helping agricultural producers voluntarily address the environmental concerns related to production agriculture. Objective: The (your state) Master Farmer Program is a multi-agency effort targeted at helping agricultural producers voluntarily address the environmental concerns related to production agriculture. Master Farmer Initiative

11 Environmental Stewardship

12 Conducted at the parish/watershed level Conducted at the parish/watershed level Specific topics addressed include: Specific topics addressed include: The Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972 The Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972 National & Louisiana (your state) water quality standards National & Louisiana (your state) water quality standards Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) Impacts of NPS Pollution on the Coastal Zone Impacts of NPS Pollution on the Coastal Zone Best Management Practices (BMPs) Best Management Practices (BMPs) Role of Conservation Districts in conservation planning and implementation Role of Conservation Districts in conservation planning and implementation The NRCS Planning Process The NRCS Planning Process Conservation Programs Conservation Programs Phase 1: Environmental Education

13 Representative farms for each watershed; commodity specific for that area Representative farms for each watershed; commodity specific for that area BMP demonstrations; ex. No-till vs conventional tillage BMP demonstrations; ex. No-till vs conventional tillage Water quality monitoring Water quality monitoring Sponsor field day with data collected for education and outreach purposes Sponsor field day with data collected for education and outreach purposes Phase 2: Model Farms

14 Potential Model Farms Potential Model Farms Cotton Soybeans Corn Sugarcane Rice, Soybeans Crawfish Beef Cattle Poultry Beef Cattle Dairy Add your state watershed map here or delete if no Model Farms will be selected.

15 Development and implementation of farm- specific RMS level conservation plans Development and implementation of farm- specific RMS level conservation plans Looks at all resource concerns Looks at all resource concerns Plans will be developed by the NRCS and working with the local Soil and Water Conservation District Plans will be developed by the NRCS and working with the local Soil and Water Conservation District Phase 3: Conservation Plans

16 Time Line For Implementation of Program Schedule of Watersheds Schedule of Watersheds Mermentau/Vermilion- Teche (2001) Mermentau/Vermilion- Teche (2001) Calcasieu/Ouachita (2002) Calcasieu/Ouachita (2002) Barataria/Terrebonne (2003) Barataria/Terrebonne (2003) Red/Sabine (2004) Red/Sabine (2004) Pontchartrain Basin (2005) Pontchartrain Basin (2005) Mississippi/Atchafalaya/ Mississippi/Atchafalaya/ Pearl (2006) Develop and list a time- line for implementation of the program state-wide by watershed.

17 As TMDLs are being developed in (your state)s watersheds, (your state)s agricultural producers will face environmental challenges such as compliance with mandatory reductions of nonpoint pollutants, such as nutrients, pathogens (fecal coliform), organic material/dissolved oxygen, sediment, and metals. Voluntary implementation of incentive-based, economically achievable and effective BMPs, through the Master Farmer Program, represents a workable means of reducing agricultures contribution to the water quality challenges. As TMDLs are being developed in (your state)s watersheds, (your state)s agricultural producers will face environmental challenges such as compliance with mandatory reductions of nonpoint pollutants, such as nutrients, pathogens (fecal coliform), organic material/dissolved oxygen, sediment, and metals. Voluntary implementation of incentive-based, economically achievable and effective BMPs, through the Master Farmer Program, represents a workable means of reducing agricultures contribution to the water quality challenges. Summary

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