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Farmers supported in reducing non-point water pollution

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A promising approach to reducing non-point water pollution is being piloted for lands along the Palmer and Narragansett Rivers in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This collaborative approach includes USDA-NRCS, the local conservation district, MDAR, and Mass DEP.

The approach is designed to provide focused planning and support for farmers to implement best management practices for nutrient management. In exchange, the agencies are providing “regulatory certainty” that new regulations will not adversely affect participants who are pro-actively and voluntarily adopting best management practices.

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