The content here is intented to answer general questions about agriculture, erosion and nutrient and provide background information useful for understanding the issues or in application of BMP. Freqently asked questions about specific BMP practices will be addressed on the page for that practices. We welcome further questions that you have as you review the material from a general nature or about specific Critical Concerns or BMP's. Please use our submit form to share your questions or comments.

Are there programs to assist with cost of implementing BMP practices?

Many of the BMP practices, especially those with NRCS practice codes are cost sharable allowing the farmer/landowner to try the practice. Cost share programs change on a regular basis thus it is not practical to provide a complete listing. If interested in cost share opportunities visit with your local NRCS or SWCD Office to become aware of current program offerings.

Why is there such a concern about Harmful Algal Blooms?

Ohio Sea Grant has a good Frequently Asked Questions page that covers a variety of important background questions.

What does the Harmful Algael Bloom look like on Lake Erie today?

National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides and in-season (July-October) biweekly monitoring and forecast for algal blooms on Lake Erie.

How do plant-soil-water interact to affect water quality?

Knowledge of how soil-water-plant systems function is helpful in understanding agricultural water quality problems and solutions. Of main importance is the root zone and also in poorly drained soils the depth down to a layer that slows or stops downward water movement. To read more...

What watershed do I live in?

The Environmental Protection Agency provides a searchable tool that provides a variety of information on the watershed you live or work in. The United States Geological Service (USGS) also provides watershed information that maybe useful.

How do I understand the phosphorus values for soil test report?

There is terminology on a soil test report that varies from laboratory to laboratory. It is import to correctly indentify the information so it can beused for the intended purpose of creating a nutrient recommendation. To read more...