Regulations, Policies, and Programs

Numerous efforts are underway within the state of Louisiana as well as nationally that address a multitude of nutrient management activities, such as those aimed towards outreach, monitoring, or agricultural incentives. These programs may assist the development and implementation of nutrient management activities within the state of Louisiana. The following is a list of identified state and federal regulations, programs, and policies important to nutrient management.


Regulation, Policy, or Program Program Administrator Description Website
Agricultural Economic Development Assistance LDAF Assist by linking agricultural/forestry related businesses with financial resources (including loans and grants), identify raw material supplies and directing such entities to various state sponsored business incentives. Assistance is available to local and out of state business interests as well as through community and economic development organizations; Division staff may also assist in the identification of financial resources outside of the programs offered by the LDAF. The following entities offer financial assistance: USDA Rural Development and Farm Service Agency, Ag Credit Corporations First South Farm Credit and Louisiana Ag Credit, the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation at Louisiana Department of Economic Development as well as commercial banks. link
Agricultural Prescribed Burning Program LDAF Prescribed burning is an agricultural management practice and, in Louisiana row crop production, is used primarily during sugarcane harvest. There are a number of environmental concerns associated with this practice and the state has instituted a voluntary smoke and ash management training program to assist growers in addressing these concerns. link
Agricultural Solid Waste Management Program LDAF Through the Agricultural Solid Waste Management Program, agricultural producers can learn how to manage agricultural waste for beneficial uses; By the use of Best Management Practices adopted through this program, facilities such as rice dyers, grain elevators, cotton gins, seafood processors and similar operations, or facilities generating wood waste or stable manure can carry out their activities in an environmentally sound manner, where otherwise these operations would be subject to the LDEQ solid waste permitting process at public expense. By affected producers and processors implementing prescribed BMPs through this program, agricultural waste and by-products may be utilized beneficially as organic fertilizer, mulch, and other useful products. link
Amphibian Research Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) USGS The U.S. Geological Survey's Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) is divided into seven regions. The south-central region includes the States of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. We are currently conducting research projects designed to monitor amphibians on Federal lands in these States and to research possible causes of declines in amphibian populations. These potential threats include loss or degradation of habitat, disease, and contamination or pollution. link
Arkansas Master Farmer Arkansas Master Farmer The Arkansas Master Farmer program is being developed to assist the agriculture producers in the state address the key environmental concerns. The curriculum is being developed using a modular approach focusing on five commodity areas. These are poultry, dairy, swine, beef and agronomic crops. The program will be a collaborative effort that will include many agricultural and environmental agencies in Arkansas. The Master Farmer program will make our water quality education more effective in two major ways. First it will provide us a name recognition program that allows us to market our skills and knowledge on a largely untraditional subject to a largely traditional clientele. While we are not the end all agency on water quality issues, we can provide a producer with a “road map” as to what agency does what. We have made tremendous efforts in water quality education, but we need to be more focused. The Master Farmer program would provide the framework for this focus. link
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) USEPA The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) is one of 28 National Estuary Programs throughout the United States and its territories. The National Estuary Program was established by Congress through section 320 of the Clean Water Act or 1987. The Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine complex became a National Estuary in 1990. link
Baton Rouge Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) Control and Wastewater Facilities Program City of Baton Rouge The purpose of the Baton Rouge Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) Control and Wastewater Facilities Program is to address the existing Consent Decree while planning for Baton Rouge's future sewer infrastructure needs. The City-Parish (C-P) wants an affordable, constructible and sustainable SSO Program that addresses present challenges while planning for future growth, meets Consent Decree deadlines and is implemented in a true partnership with the City-Parish with full accountability to the public. link
Beneficial Environmental Project (BEP) LDEQ A compliance program activity, oversaw by LDEQ's Enforcement Division. Environmental improvement programs are planned funded, executed and completed by regulated facilities. Programs include conservation and environmental enhancement projects and technical/scientific studies to restore or maintain healthy environmental conditions. Focus is on ecological improvements. List of ongoing project are identified at the website. A Beneficial Environmental Project is one that provides for environmental mitigation which the Respondent is not otherwise legally required to undertake. The Respondents are usually industrial or municipal facilities that have been issued an enforcement action by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (the Department) for violating state environmental laws and regulations. Enforcement actions issued by the Department require the defendant/respondent to mitigate any environmental damages resulting from a violation. link
Biosolids (Sewage Sludge) USEPA Established by Section 405(d) and (e) of the Clean Water Act and 40 CFR Part 503 of the federal regulations, establishes standards, which consist of general requirements, pollutant limits, management practices, and operation standards, for the final use or disposal of sewage sludge generated during the treatment of domestic sewage (including sewage sludge applied to the land). 40 CFR 503.14 (d) states that bulk sewage sludge shall be applied to agricultural land, forest, a public contact site, or a reclamation site at a whole sludge application rate that is equal to or less than the agronomic rate for the bulk sewage sludge (for control of nutrients). link
Certification USEPA Established by Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. Establishes that any applicant for a Federal license or permit to conduct any activity shall provide the licensing or permitting agency a certification from the State in which the discharge originates or will originate and that any such discharge will comply with the applicable provisions of CWA sections 301, 302, 303, 306, and 307. link
Chesapeake Bay Program Chesapeake Bay link that has led and directed the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay since 1983. The Chesapeake Bay Program partners include the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia; the District of Columbia; the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a tri-state legislative body; the EPA, representing the federal government; and participating citizen advisory groups. Each Bay Program partner uses its own resources to implement Bay restoration and protection activities. Partners work together through the Bay Program’s goal teams, workgroups and committees to collaborate, share information and set goals. link
Clean Lakes Program USEPA Reauthorized by Section 314 of the Clean Water Act; Authorizes EPA grants to States for lake classification surveys, diagnostic/feasibility studies, and for projects to restore and protect lakes. link
Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program NOAA Established the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) in 2002 to protect coastal and estuarine lands considered important for their ecological, conservation, recreational, historical or aesthetic values. The program provides state and local governments with matching funds to purchase significant coastal and estuarine lands, or conservation easements on such lands, from willing sellers. Lands or conservation easements acquired with CELCP funds are protected in perpetuity so that they may be enjoyed by future generations. link
Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Programs USEPA/NOAA In 1990, amendments to the Coastal Zone Management Act, administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and EPA; Required that States with coastal zone management programs develop and implement programs to control nonpoint sources of pollution. link
Coastal Wetland Re-vegetation Program LDAF This program is conducted through partnerships among the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources/Coastal Restoration Division, the LDAF/Office of Soil & Water Conservation and eleven coastal SWCDs. Using locally adapted plant species, an average of 30 linear miles of shoreline and interior wetland restoration plantings are implemented each year within the LA coastal zone. link
Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments (CZARA) USEPA/NOAA Passed in 1990 by United States Congress; Entrusted the States with the task of developing and implementing State CNPCPs (Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program). Section 6217 of CZARA required that states with federally approved coastal zone management programs develop and implement CNPCPS. These states must implement management measures approved by NOAA and EPA that will control or prevent nonpoint source pollution from five designated sources: agriculture, forestry, hydromodification, marinas and recreational boating, urban runoff (TSS) and wetlands, riparian areas, and vegetated treatment systems. link
Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) NOAA The U.S. Congress recognized the importance of meeting the challenge of continued growth in the coastal zone by passing the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) in 1972. The Act, administered by NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM), provides for management of the nation's coastal resources, including the Great Lakes, and balances economic development with environmental conservation; The CZMA outlines two national programs, the National Coastal Zone Management Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. The 34 coastal programs aim to balance competing land and water issues in the coastal zone, while estuarine reserves serve as field laboratories to provide a greater understanding of estuaries and how humans impact them. The overall program objectives of CZMA remain balanced to "preserve, protect, develop, and where possible, to restore or enhance the resources of the nation's coastal zone." link
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) USHUD Louisiana received $1.06 billion from HUD’s CDBG program to assist in the recovery from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The vast majority of CDBG funds were allocated to the 19 coastal parishes for use in protecting their communities and infrastructure. However, included within the $1.06B was an allocation of $27.4M to the Louisiana Office of Community Development – Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD-DRU) for State coastal protection and restoration projects that will help communities recover from the 2008 hurricanes and prepare to withstand future hurricanes with greater resilience. link
Comprehensive State GroundWater Protection Program (CSWPP) USEPA Initiated by EPA in 1991, coordinates operation of all Federal, State, tribal, and local programs that address groundwater quality; States have the primary role in designing and implementing CSGWPP's in accordance with distinctive local needs and conditions. link
Connect My Louisiana LSU AgCenter The LSU Ag Center, Connect My Louisiana initiative covers 18 parishes that were identified as having low rates of broadband Internet use. The parishes include Allen, Avoyelles, Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Franklin, Jefferson Davis, LaSalle, Madison, Morehouse, Pointe Coupee, Richland, St. Helena, Tensas, Washington and West Carroll. link
Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) USDA/NRCS Created in 2003; to help the Department better understand and optimize environmental benefits of conservation practices and programs link
Conservation Partners Program USDA/NRCS The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation partnership created $40.5 million out of an initial $10.3 million taxpayer investment in 2011 for on-the-ground conservation efforts throughout the United States. Using a competitive grant-matching program that leverages private funds, the Conservation Partners Program will accelerate service to more than 4,200 farmers and ranchers to restore or protect 1.2 million acres in areas that have vulnerable species and habitat or other conservation concerns. link
Conservation Reserve Enhancement program (CREP) USDA/FSA A voluntary land retirement program that helps agricultural producers protect environmentally sensitive land, decrease erosion, restore wildlife habitat, and safeguard ground and surface water. The program is a partnership among producers; tribal, state, and federal governments; and, in some cases, private groups. CREP is an offshoot of the country's largest private-lands environmental improvement program - the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Like CRP, CREP is administered by USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA). By combining CRP resources with state, tribal, and private programs, CREP provides farmers and ranchers with a sound financial package for conserving and enhancing the natural resources of farms. CREP addresses high-priority conservation issues of both local and national significance, such as impacts to water supplies, loss of critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife species, soil erosion, and reduced habitat for fish populations such as salmon. CREP is a community-based, results-oriented effort centered around local participation and leadership. link
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) USDA/FSA A voluntary program for agricultural landowners. Through CRP, you can receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland. link
Conservation Security Program (CSP) USDA *The Conservation Security Program (CSP) was not reauthorized in the 2008 Farm Bill and is no longer available. CSP was a voluntary program that provided financial and technical assistance to promote the conservation and improvement of soil, water, air, energy, plant and animal life, and other conservation purposes on Tribal and private working lands. Working lands included cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pasture, and range land, as well as forested land that was an incidental part of an agriculture operation. The program was available in all 50 States, the Caribbean Area and the Pacific Basin area. The program provided equitable access to benefits to all producers, regardless of size of operation, crops produced, or geographic location. The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill) (Pub. L. 107-171) amended the Food Security Act of 1985 to authorize the program. CSP is administered by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The Tensas River Watershed in Louisiana was included in 2006. link
CWA Section 301 USEPA Except as in compliance with this section and sections 302, 306, 307, 318, 402, and 404 of this Act, the discharge of any pollutant by any person shall be unlawful. [33 USC 1311] link
Dredge and Fill Permit Program USACOE Established by Section 404 of the Clean Water Act Regulates dredging, filling, and other alterations of waters and wetlands jointly with EPA, including wetlands owned by farmers; USDA has authority to make wetland determinations on agricultural land. link
Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) LDEQ The mission of the Louisiana Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is to promote a cleaner and better environment for Louisiana through voluntary pollution prevention, waste reduction and/or other environmental stewardship efforts. The Louisiana Environmental Leadership was established in 1995 as a voluntary cooperative effort between the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and various Louisiana industries. It was fully operational by 1997 to promote pollution prevention and other efforts, in the pursuit of environmental excellence and leadership. The current program is comprised of Louisiana large, medium and small businesses, federal facilities, municipalities, non-governmental organizations, and schools and universities. Any organization committed to improving the quality of Louisiana’s environment through pollution prevention, waste reduction and other environmental improvements is eligible to join the program as a participating member. link
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) USDA/NRCS A voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of ten years in length. These contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. In addition, a purpose of EQIP is to help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal and local environmental regulations. link
Environmental Trading Network ETN The ETN is dedicated to sharing information related to the development and implementation of successful water quality trading programs and other market-based strategies for achieving healthy, sustainable ecosystems. It is the only national clearinghouse for key policy and regulatory issues, and transferable water quality trading program design elements. The ETN is an international clearinghouse for information on water quality trading projects and other environmental markets. The ETN has led or participated in a variety of market-based environmental market projects since its inception. In the Great Lakes, these projects focused on issues of water quality and water quantity and how markets or market-like mechanisms could be used to help maintain the balance between use and protection of the resource (see Water Quality Trading and Water Quantity Management). More recently, it has primarily focused on accumulating and posting up-to-date information that is relevant to water quality trading program development in the U.S. and internationally. High level information is also posted for other environmental markets focused on wetland and habitat banking including current information on credit stacking. link
Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) USEPA United States’ most important water quality protection law; Originally passed in 1972, the Act's goal is to "restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation's waters."; The Act contains a number of provisions that affect agriculture. link
Flood control Activities USACOE Include the construction, rehabilitation, and operation of dams, levees, and other facilities for flood control. link
Florida’s Nutrient Criteria Development Process Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Florida has initiated rulemaking to adopt quantitative nutrient water quality standards to facilitate the assessment of designated use attainment for its waters and to provide a better means to protect state waters from the adverse effects of nutrient over enrichment. FDEP plans to develop numeric criteria for causal variables (phosphorus and nitrogen) and/or response variables (potentially chlorophyll a and transparency), recognizing the hydrologic variability (waterbody type) and spatial variability (location within Florida) of the nutrient levels of the state’s waters, and the variability in ecosystem response to nutrient concentrations. FDEP’s preferred approach is to develop cause/effect relationships between nutrients and valued ecological attributes, and to establish nutrient criteria that ensure that the designated uses of Florida’s waters are maintained. Florida currently uses a narrative nutrient standard to guide the management and protection of its waters. Chapter 62-302.530, Florida Administrative Code, states that “in no case shall nutrient concentrations of body of water be altered so as to cause an imbalance in natural populations of flora or fauna.” The narrative criteria also states that (for all waters of the state) "the discharge of nutrients shall continue to be limited as needed to prevent violations of other standards contained in this chapter [Chapter 62-302, FAC]. Man-induced nutrient enrichment (total nitrogen or total phosphorus) shall be considered degradation in relation to the provisions of Sections 62-302.300, 62-302.700, and 62-4.242, F.A.C.” FDEP has been actively working with EPA on the development of numeric nutrient criteria for several years. To limit nutrient enrichment, Florida will develop nutrient criteria for all waters, guided by recommendations from a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) composed of technical experts from throughout the state. The TAC will review all available technical information to ensure that the resulting criteria reflect the characteristics and aquatic life use of Florida’s diverse water bodies. link
Florida’s Nutrient TMDL for Jackson Blue Spring and Merritts Mill Pond Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) The report presents the TMDL for nitrate nitrogen, which was determined to cause the impairment of Jackson Blue Spring and its receiving water, Merritts Mill Pond. These waterbodies are located in the Chipola River Planning Unit of the Apalachicola–Chipola Basin. Jackson Blue Spring and Merritts Mill Pond were verified by the FDEP as impaired by nutrients and were included on the Verified List of impaired waters for the Apalachicola–Chipola Basin that was adopted by Secretarial Order in May 2009. The TMDL establishes the allowable level of nutrient loadings to Jackson Blue Spring and Merritts Mill Pond that would restore these waterbodies so that they meet their applicable water quality criterion for nutrients. This report will be used as the basis for discussions during the development of the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP). link
Florida’s Pollutant Trading Program Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) 2008 Revisions to Florida Watershed Restoration Act focused on water quality credit trading. Authorized trading, but limited to pilot project in Lower St. Johns River Basin (LSJR); Authorizes trading in the LSJR pilot program under process established in adopted Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP). Required FDEP to initiate rulemaking by September 1, 2008. FDEP issued Notice of Rule Development in August 2008 and held first public workshop on November 21, 2008. 2008 Legislation provides authority for Pilot Trading Program under process established in adopted BMAP, but, OGC recommended FDEP adopt rule for Pilot. Longer term, will also need to revise rule for any expansion of program. The rule will be done in “phases” with initial rulemaking focused on pilot program. Generally speaking, FDEP has translated BMAP text into rule language to support pilot. BMAP authorizes “Formal” Trading that occurs AFTER adoption of BMAP with detailed allocations to individual sources. Trading must be implemented via permits. One of the trading parties must have an individual permit. link
FY 2012 Conservation Innovation Grant Awardees USDA/NRCS List of the fiscal 2012 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) awardees. The information includes the project location, the amount of funding, the project title and a brief description. link
Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) USDA/NRCS The Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) is a national and state driven effort led by a coalition of producer and resource management organizations. The purpose of GLCI is to get more trained NRCS personnel to deliver the best, applied grazing land science to producers and managers on private grazing lands. The use of this technical assistance is voluntary and at the request of private grazing-land owners and managers. On the national level, the GLCI steering committee is a confederation of national organizations focused on carrying out actions needed to increase NRCS technical assistance on privately owned grazing lands. This also includes those operations where private lands are commingled with federal, state, and tribal lands. The original founding organizations include: American Farm Bureau Federation, American Forage and Grassland Council, American Sheep Industry, Dairy Industry, National Association of Conservation Districts, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Farmer's Union, Society for Range Management, and Soil and Water Conservation Society. The GLCI through national and state steering committees seeks to: Increase the number of trained grazing land conservationists in NRCS, Strengthen partnerships at national and state levels, Promote voluntary actions for resource management, Encourage diversification to achieve multiple benefits through a sound grazing land management planning process, Emphasize training and education, and Increase public awareness on the societal benefits of well-managed private grazing lands. link
Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative USFWS Secretarial Order No. 3289 establishes Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), a network of public-private partnerships that provide shared science to ensure the sustainability of America's land, water, wildlife and cultural resources. Area includes southwest Louisiana and Texas, Oklahoma, and Mexico. link
Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative USFWS Secretarial Order No. 3289 establishes Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), a network of public-private partnerships that provide shared science to ensure the sustainability of America's land, water, wildlife and cultural resources. Includes Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, and other states. The mission of the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GCPO LCC) is to define, design and deliver landscapes capable of sustaining natural and cultural resources at desired levels now and into the future. The GCPO describes both a unique geographic region as well as a new kind of conservation partnership. We are part of a national network of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs). LCCs are partnerships among federal agencies, regional organizations, states, tribes, NGOs, universities and others, all of whom leverage resources to define a common vision for sustaining natural resources within a region. The GCPO LCC conducts research, develops tools that improve natural resource management, and conducts outreach. The goal is to focus coordinated action and eliminate duplication to support shared conservation priorities across large connected areas, or landscapes. link
Gulf of Mexico Initiative (GoMI) USDA/NRCS The Gulf of Mexico Initiative (GoMI) is designed to help producers in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas improve water quality and ensure sustainable production of food and fiber. GoMI will deliver up to $50 million in financial and easement assistance over 3 years in 16 priority watersheds. Assistance will help producers apply sustainable agricultural and wildlife habitat management systems that maintain agricultural productivity; avoid, control, and trap nutrient runoff; and reduce sediment transport. GoMI also will reduce current over-use of water resources and prevent saltwater from entering the habitats of many threatened and endangered species. NRCS programs supporting GoMI are the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program, Conservation Stewardship Program, Wetlands Reserve Program, Grassland Reserve Program, and Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program. link
Hammond Nutrient Trading Project Hammond, LA From 2004. Subsegments 040503, 040505; Ponchatoula Creek and Yellow Water River; Watershed Survey Report Nutrient Trading Pilot Project in Impaired River Segments in Ponchatoula Creek and Yellow Water River, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana link
Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Amendments Act of 2004 USEPA Mandates that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) advance the scientific understanding and ability to detect, monitor, assess, and predict HABs and hypoxia events in coastal waters and the Great Lakes. In 2004, Congress reauthorized and expanded HABHRCA by passing the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Amendments Act required federal agencies to assess HABs to include freshwater and estuarine environments and develop reports and plans to reduce the likelihood of HAB formation and to mitigate their damage. link
Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 1998 USEPA To address cyanobacterial HABs that impacted living marine resources, fish and shellfish harvests and recreational and service industries along the U.S. coastal waters. Title VI of Public Law 105-383, section 604(b), enacted on 13 November 1998. link
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) FEMA/GOHSEP In response to Hurricane Katrina, FEMA and GOHSEP allocated $50million to CPRA for coastal restoration projects. Following a major disaster declaration, the HGMP provides funding for long-term hazard mitigation projects that help reduce the impact of future storms. For a list of approved projects, see Appendix E of the FY2013 CPRA Annual Plan. link
Healthy Watersheds Initiative USEPA Launched in 2009; Has been encouraging local and state agencies to be proactive and place a stronger emphasis on protecting their remaining healthy watersheds as a way to save money and the environment. link
Identification of insufficient controls, maximum daily loads and effluent limitation revisions USEPA Established by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act, requires states to identify waters where technology-based pollution controls are insufficient to ensure attainment of water quality standards, and for those waters, develop total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) and allocations of those loads that will provide for the support of the water quality standards. In the absence of approved state-level impaired waters identification and/or TMDL development, requires EPA to list impaired waters and develop TMDLs. link
Long-Term Resource Monitoring Program (LTRMP) USGS/USACE

A component of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration - Environmental Management Program. The mission of the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program is to support decision makers with the information and understanding needed to maintain the Upper Mississippi River System as a viable multiple-use large river ecosystem. Goals of the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program: Develop a better understanding of the ecology of the Upper Mississippi River System and its resource problems, Monitor resource change, Develop alternatives to better manage the Upper Mississippi River System, and Provide for the proper management of monitoring information.

Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Program LA Established in LAC 33:IX. Subpart 2. Chapter 23. Requires permits fro the discharge of pollutants from any point source into waters of the state. Applies only to facilities and discharges within the scope of the NPDES program. link
Louisiana Reclaimed Water Law LA Established in Louisiana Revised Statutes, Title 30, Chapter 17, Section 2391 et seq. (Louisiana Reclaimed Water Law). Declares that the use of potable water for nonpotable uses is a waste of our most precious natural resource. Requires the use of reclaimed waters if a source exists. The law may encourage facilities to reuse or reclaim wastewater thereby eliminating discharges to waters of the state. link
Louisiana Sewage Sludge and Biosolids Program LA Established in LAC 33:IX.Subpart 3.Chapter 73. Establishes standards for the use or disposal of sewage sludge generated during the treatment of domestic sewage. Consist of general requirements, pollutant limits, management practices, and operational standards. Sewage sludge (biosolids) applied to the land has nutrient management requirements found at LAC 33:IX.7303. link
Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI) USDA/NRCS Through the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI), NRCS will work with farmers, ranchers and other landowners to manage portions of their land to enhance habitat for migrating birds. MBHI projects will benefit wildlife, landowners, and the environment for years to come. Projects provide food and critical habitat for bird populations; much-needed water during drought; support for local economies by attracting hunters and bird watchers; and new opportunities to improve wildlife management. The MBHI took flight during the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill. This partnership effort is one of the most popular initiatives in NRCS history. Conservation-minded landowners who love wildlife offered more than 1 million acres for MBHI. More than 470,000 acres are now enrolled -- that's 3 times greater than anticipated! In fact, funding for the initiative had to be increased to $40 million to meet the demand. Participating states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas. Eligible areas for FY 2012 MBHI include portions of 22 parishes across southern Louisiana. Funding will be provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and will be used for protecting, restoring, and enhancing migratory bird habitat. link
Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program (Certainty MOU with the Ag community) Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Statewide, voluntary certification program designed to accelerate on-farm adoption of best-management practices (BMPs). The Certification program will be administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Other participating agencies include: State: Pollution Control Agency, Board of Water and Soil Resources, and Department of Natural Resources. Federal: U.S. Department of Agriculture –Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Farms are evaluated by third-party certifiers. Using a suite of BMP’s farmers develop a conservation plan. Farmers who attain and maintain the criteria for the program are certified as meeting State Water Quality Standards. Certification applicants are prioritized for federal and state technical assistance and implementation funding. Technical Advisory Committee to develop and implement, in consultation with stakeholders, a certification program that will support state and federal water quality standards and goals. Producers are concerned with uncertainty --the potential for changing requirements from multiple state and federal agencies. Certainty will be provided to producers that their attainment and maintenance of certification will meet water quality goals and standards of the State and where applicable maintain consistency with federal water quality goals. At this point, a 10 year timeframe of certainty appears achievable. link
Minnesota’s Nutrient Reduction Plans Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) A number of Minnesota agencies are working to reduce nutrient levels in lakes and streams, ensuring healthier waters for current residents, people downstream, and future generations. Nine agencies (Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture, Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Dept. of Health) have pooled their resources to strengthen and coordinate their existing efforts. Together, these agencies will seek input from stakeholders, identify successful efforts, and develop a statewide strategy to reduce nutrients in Minnesota waters. Each month, these agencies highlight a project that shows how Minnesotans are working to reduce nutrients in their waters. Example Project: Conservation drainage benefits farmers, water quality. Through the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), a pilot project in Kandiyohi County is demonstrating how conservation drainage can help farming and help water quality. Traditional systems drain farm fields in the spring and fall to facilitate planting and harvest. However, this subsurface drainage can also take away water during the growing season when crops need the moisture. Subsurface drainage can also impact water quality by carrying nitrate and soluble phosphorus into water bodies. This pilot project will provide producers in the Middle Fork Crow River watershed and around the region with an opportunity to learn about the benefits of drainage water management by seeing the system in action. Conservation drainage allows farmers to manage drainage, letting water go during wet periods and holding it back during dry periods. They can also coordinate drainage with fertilizer applications to minimize the impact to water quality. Funding sources included a Clean Water Fund Competitive Grant from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment). For more information, visit the BWSR website ( link
Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI) USDA/NRCS Through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and our partners work with producers and landowners to implement voluntary conservation practices that improve water quality, restore wetlands, enhance wildlife habitat and sustain agricultural profitability in the Mississippi River Basin. Known as “America’s River,” the Mississippi River is North America’s largest river, flowing over 2,300 miles through America’s heartland to the Gulf of Mexico. It is the centerpiece of the 2nd largest watershed in the world. The watershed not only provides drinking water, food, industry, and recreation for millions of people, it also hosts a globally significant migratory flyway and home for over 325 bird species. NRCS has identified the Mississippi River Basin as a top priority due to water quality concerns, primarily related to the effects of nutrient loading on the health of local water bodies and, eventually, the Gulf of Mexico. The 13-state Initiative builds on the cooperative work of NRCS and its conservation partners in the basin, and offers agricultural producers in priority watersheds the opportunity for voluntary technical and financial assistance. The participating States are Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin. The Initiative will build on the past efforts of producers, NRCS, partners, and other State and Federal agencies in the 13-State Initiative area by addressing nutrient loading in priority small watersheds within the Mississippi River Basin. link
Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Nutrient Reduction Task Force (Hypoxia Task Force) USEPA The Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient (Hypoxia) Task Force consists of 5 federal agencies, 12 states and the tribes within the Mississippi/ Atchafalaya River Basin (MARB). The Task Force was established in 1997 to reduce and control hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, the Task Force has undertaken a variety of efforts to achieve these goals. The 2008 Action Plan and 2009 Annual Operating Plan were released on June 16, 2008 as a national strategy and a roadmap to reduce hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico and improve water quality in the MARB. Member agencies of the Task Force have made progress toward reducing nutrients in the MARB and will continue to do so, implementing actions in the 2008 Action Plan and the Annual Operating Plans. Annual Reports are designed to track interim progress on the actions taken to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus in the Mississippi/Atchafalaya Basin (MARB). These reports document federal and state program nutrient reduction activities and the results of these activities. This consistent documentation should help the Task Force to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and management efforts and their combined effects on reducing the hypoxic zone and the in-basin effects of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. The first Annual Report was released in 2009. The Annual Operating Plans are a compilation of actions that state and federal members of the Task Force have planned to undertake during the listed years to implement the Action Plan. Each item in the Operating Plans specifically implements one of the eleven action items set forth in the Action Plan. The Operating Plan includes, if known, funding levels and specific milestones for the current fiscal year. The items listed in the Operating Plans highlight the cumulative efforts of the individual Task Force agencies in implementing the Action Plan. link
Missouri Master Farmer Missouri Master Farmer The Master Farmer Award program is created for all Missourians involved in agriculture – crop farmers, livestock producers, vegetable and fruit growers, tree farmers and vineyard owners. Judging committees look for the best managers with innovative ideas, sound business skills, financial recordkeeping, soil and water conservation practices, agricultural leadership and community service. link
Monitoring to assess attainment of Standards LA Established in LAC 33:IX.1109.I – outlines sample collection and analytical procedures for samples to be used to determine whether the standards have been attained, including quality assurance (QA) procedures that follow agency’s QA Plan for water monitoring and analysis. link
National Estuary Program (NEP) USEPA Established by Section 320 of the Clean Water Act; Provides for the identification of nationally significant estuaries that are threatened by pollution; for preparation of conservation and management plans; Provides for Federal grants to State, interstate, and regional water pollution control agencies to implement the plans. The National Estuary Program (NEP) is a network of voluntary community-based programs that safeguards the health of important coastal ecosystems across the country. The Barataria-Terrebonne NEP (BTNEP) is a NEP in Louisiana. link
National Park Service/US Geological Survey - Water Quality Partnership NPS/USGS This program empowers U.S. Geological Survey scientists and National Park Service resource managers to work in a partnership setting to provide the hydrologic information and understanding needed to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. In 1998, the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) initiated the NPS/USGS Water Quality Partnership Program with support from the Clean Water Action Plan (Environmental Protection Agency 1998). Prior to 1998, NPS and the USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program worked together to implement a pilot water-quality monitoring program in national parks (Long et. al 1997, Long 1999). To date, 173 partnership projects have been implemented in 115 national park units. The program supports a range of science activities focused on providing Park resource managers data and information necessary to make scientifically defensible management and policy decisions. These activities range in scope from basic technical assistance to fixed station monitoring to intensive/synoptic projects. The Jean Lafitte Preserve (Barataria) is located within Louisiana. link
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Program USEPA Established by Section 402 of the Clean Water Act Controls point-source discharges from treatment plants and industrial facilities (including large animal and poultry confinement operations). link
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Program – CAFO USEPA Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs) are agricultural operations where animals are kept and raised in confined situations. AFOs generally congregate animals, feed, manure, dead animals, and production operations on a small land area. Feed is brought to the animals rather than the animals grazing or otherwise seeking feed in pastures. Animal waste and wastewater can enter water bodies from spills or breaks of waste storage structures (due to accidents or excessive rain), and non-agricultural application of manure to crop land. link
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Program – Stormwater USEPA In 1987 the CWA was amended to require EPA to establish a program to address storm water discharges. In response, EPA promulgated the NPDES storm water permit application regulations. Storm water discharge associated with industrial activity means the discharge from any conveyance which is used for collecting and conveying storm water and which is directly related to manufacturing, processing, or raw materials storage areas at an industrial plant (40 CFR 122.26 ). These regulations require that facilities with the following storm water discharges apply for an NPDES permit: (1) a discharge associated with industrial activity; (2) a discharge from a large or medium municipal storm sewer system; or (3) a discharge which EPA or the state/tribe determines to contribute to a violation of a water quality standard or which is a significant contributor of pollutants to waters of the United States. link
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Program – Wastewater USEPA A number of NPDES permit program areas affect how a municipality handles its sanitary wastewater and stormwater runoff. Properly managed municipal facilities, such as publicly owned treatment works (POTWs), and wastewater systems, such as separate and combined storm sewer systems, play an important role in protecting community health and local water quality. Municipalities rely on assistance from other partners, such as industry, developers, and homeowners, to ensure that they can meet the requirements contained in their municipal NPDES permits. Municipal staff, who are responsible for meeting NPDES permit obligations, must understand how the NPDES permit program works, who should be involved and educated about the NPDES program, and what information is available to help perform their jobs effectively. link
National Water Quality Initiative USDA/NRCS The National Water Quality Initiative will work in priority watersheds to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners improve water quality and aquatic habitats in impaired streams. NRCS will help producers implement conservation and management practices through a systems approach to control and trap nutrient and manure runoff. Qualified producers will receive assistance for installing conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips and terraces. link
National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC) NWQMC The Council was created in 1997 as a vehicle for bringing together diverse expertise needed to develop collaborative, comparable, and cost-effective approaches for monitoring and assessing our Nation’s water quality. The approaches are fundamental to the successful management and sustainability of our waters, and are increasingly important because water issues are becoming more complex, resources are tighter, and the demand for high-quality water continues to grow in order to support a complex web of human activities and aquatic ecosystem needs. The National Water Quality Monitoring Council (Council) provides a national forum for coordination of comparable and scientifically defensible methods and strategies to improve water quality monitoring, assessment and reporting, and promotes partnerships to foster collaboration, advance the science, and improve management within all elements of the water quality monitoring community. Vital to this role, the Council provides a voice for monitoring practitioners across the Nation and fosters increased understanding and stewardship of our water resources. link
NAWQA (National Water Quality Assessment Program) USGS The USGS NAWQA program provides information that can help managers tailor protection strategies to fit the need, providing high quality water while minimizing costs. As the NAWQA program began, the program sought advice on which contaminants were most important to focus on. There was almost unanimous agreement that nutrients were a widespread and longstanding issue. Examples of two significant projects driven by the NAWQA program include the Nutrients National Synthesis and the SPARROW model. The Nutrients National Synthesis is answering questions such as: • Where are nutrient concentrations high in ground water and surface water? • Are nutrient concentrations changing? Getting better or worse? • Does everyone drink similar quality water? How does mine compare? • Why are nutrient concentrations in my water high (or low)? • How much is natural, and how much have humans added? link
Nonpoint Source Program USEPA Established by Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, requires States and U.S. territories to identify navigable waters that cannot attain water quality standards without reducing nonpoint source pollution and develop management plans to reduce nonpoint source pollution; Section 319 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) [Public Law 100‐4, February 4, 1987] directed the Governor of each state to prepare and submit a Nonpoint Source Assessment Report and Nonpoint Source Management Plan for reduction and control of pollution from nonpoint sources to navigable waters in the State; Louisiana Revised Statute 30:2011, signed by the Governor in 1987 as Act 272, instructed Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, designated at the Lead Agency for the state’s Nonpoint Source Program, to develop and implement a NPS Management Program. The NPS Management Program is to be developed in coordination with appropriate state agencies, including, but not limited to, the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, and the State Soil and Water Conservation Committee in those areas pertaining to their respective jurisdictions (La.R.S. 30:20). link
Nutrient Policy Committee ACWA (Association of Clean Water Administrators)

ACWA is a national, nonpartisan professional organization. ACWA members are the state, Interstate and territorial officials who are responsible for the implementation of surface water protection programs throughout the nation. In addition to serving as a liaison among these officials, ACWA facilitates communication with federal government; promotes public education; is the national voice for state/tribal/territorial clean water program concerns, interests, and priorities; facilitates technical and policy innovation among national and state/tribal/territorial water programs (best practices); fosters the collaboration needed for sound public policy; and carries out activities in an efficient, ethical and fiscally sound manner.

Nutrient Priority Issue Team Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) The Alliance is providing a collaborative approach to build and evaluate tools needed to reduce excess nutrients and restore coastal waters that have been negatively impacted by nutrients. Long-term Goals: o Design a regional process for comparing nutrient criteria across coastal and estuarine waters, o Develop and implement strategies that reduce nutrient inputs and hypoxia, o Establish a comprehensive ecosystem approach to manage nutrient inputs and reduce impacts to coastal ecosystems, o Increase the capacity of Gulf coastal communities so that nutrient impacts are better managed and reduced. Actions: • Nutrient characterization, • Nutrient criteria, • Hypoxia, • Nutrient Reduction Strategies, o Low Tech Nutrient Reduction, o Mississippi Delta Nutrient Reduction, o Nutrient Reduction in St. Louis Bay, o Smart Yard Healthy Campaign. link
River Basin Trading Project EPRI Water quality trading is an innovative market-based approach to achieving water quality goals for nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen through programs that allow permitted emitters to purchase nutrient reductions from another source. Control costs for any one nutrient can differ from one emitter to another, and water quality trading provides an option for meeting discharge requirements in a cost-effective manner. Properly designed and deployed, the proposed trading program in the Ohio River Basin will allow exchanges of water quality credits for nitrogen and phosphorus. The outcome will be protecting and improving watersheds at lower overall costs. This will be a regional interstate trading project and represents a comprehensive approach to designing and developing credit markets for nitrogen and phosphorus. EPRI will be executing a series of pilot trades between 2012 and 2014 to test the project. The first interstate trading plan is anticipated to be signed by Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky in August 2012. link
Ohio Water Quality Standards Programs Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Our water quality is constantly threatened by many different sources and types of pollution. Under the Clean Water Act, every state must adopt water quality standards to protect, maintain and improve the quality of the nation's surface waters. These standards represent a level of water quality that will support the goal of "swimmable/fishable" waters. Water quality standards are ambient standards as opposed to discharge-type standards. These ambient standards, through a process of back calculation procedures known as total maximum daily loads or wasteload allocations form the basis of water quality based permit limitations that regulate the discharge of pollutants into surface waters under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. link
Pesticide Programs USEPA Established by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), provides the legal basis under which pesticides are regulated. link
Restoration of Nation’s waters USEPA Established by Section 101 of the Clean Water Act, outlines the goals and policies to restore and maintain water quality, including reducing discharges, protecting fish, shellfish, wildlife and recreation in and on the water, planning waste treatment management, researching and demonstrating treatment technology, and developing nonpoint source pollution control programs. link
Restore the Mississippi River Delta by Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Environmental Defense Fund, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, National Audubon Society, and National Wildlife Federation Restore the Mississippi River Delta Vision: Reconnecting the Mississippi River to its delta to protect people, wildlife and jobs. Our Goals: 1.Created a science-based comprehensive plan to restore the Mississippi River Delta. 2.Establish a joint state and federal governance team with authority, capacity and leadership to implement a plan. 3.Secure the necessary funding to implement the restoration projects that will reverse the Mississippi River Delta's decline. 4.Work with communities, scientists, economists and policy makers to expand the understanding of what is possible for restoration, crafting a sustainable future for the Mississippi River Delta. link
Rural Development USDA Our financial programs support such essential public facilities and services as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. We promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks , credit unions and community-managed lending pools. We offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations. We provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs. USDA Rural Development has a $172 billion portfolio of loans and will administer $20 billion in loans, loan guarantees and grants through our programs in the current fiscal year. We achieve our mission by helping rural individuals, communities and businesses obtain the financial and technical assistance needed to address their diverse and unique needs. link
Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) USEPA Requires the EPA to set standards for drinking water quality and requirements for water treatment by public water systems; Requires States to establish a wellhead protection program to protect public water system wells from contamination by chemicals, including pesticides, nutrients, and other agricultural chemicals. link
Section 5022 of WRDA 2007 - Hypoxia Assessment USACOE Section 5022 of WRDA 2007 provides discretionary authority for the Secretary to participate with Federal, State and local agencies, non-Federal and non-profit entities, regional researchers and other interested parties to assess hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. link
Senate Resolution No. 84, Regular Session 2012 LA To urge and request the commissioner of administration and the director of the governor's office of coastal activities to utilize all available funding when considering the implementation of the Gulf hypoxia action plan. link
Small Business/Community Assistance Program (SB/CAP) LDEQ LDEQ's Small Business / Community Assistance Program provides environmental regulatory assistance and information to small businesses and communities. link
Social Indicators for Nonpoint Source Management Great Lakes Regional Water Program Great Lakes Regional Water Program 2012-2013 Update: With an established framework for understanding and applying human dimension issues to watershed management in place, the “Social Indicators” initiative advances to the next level of organizing, coordinating and delivering trainings to water resource, conservation and extension professionals. Initiative leaders from University of Wisconsin, Ohio State University and Purdue University, with the support of the Great Lakes Regional Water Program, have already created a Social Indicators for Planning and Evaluation System (SIPES) along with the Social Indicators Data Management and Analysis (SIDMA) tool focused on polluted runoff. Anticipated outcomes of this year’s funded initiative include an increased awareness of SIPES/SIDMA, increased knowledge of social indicators for watershed management by conservation professionals, increased use of SIPES/SIDMA for planning and evaluation of watershed management and the increased use of social data in watershed management efforts. link
Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) LDAF The Office of Soil & Water Conservation provides financial assistance, administrative support, centralized direction and coordination to Louisiana’s 44 Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) which provide conservation planning services to landowners within their individual districts. SWCDs are local units of state government with capabilities very unique to any other form of state or local government, due mainly to their capability of entering private property at the request of landowners to plan and/or construct various conservation systems. SWCDs are established at the request of resident landowners from within the proposed SWCD. Each SWCD is governed by board of 5 supervisors, 3 locally elected and 2 appointed by the SWCC. These supervisors are landowners or farm operators from within the SWCD and represent local conservation needs and concerns. Each SWCD typically hires 2 or more employees to assist in carrying out conservation planning, office administration, conservation program administration, conservation education, and similar duties. SWCDs are funded by the State Legislature and through self generated income. Each of Louisiana’s 44 SWCDs are assisted by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). link
Spill Prevention and Control LA Established in LAC 33:IX Chapter 9, establishes requirements for contingency planning and implementation of operating procedures and best management practices to prevent and control the discharge of pollutants resulting from spill events. Regulations are applicable to all substances listed in LAC 33:I.3931, oil as defined in LAC 33:IX.901.D and any other substance that administrative authority declares sufficient danger of pollution of state waters. link
State and Local Coastal Resources Management Act (SLCRMA) and Local Coastal Management Programs LA The 1978 Louisiana State and Local Coastal Resources Management Act, La. RS. 49:214.21 et seq, authorized the LDNR's Coastal Management program and the development, at the parish level, of local coastal management programs (LCPs). The Louisiana Coastal Resources Program (LCRP) is responsible for conservation, protection, management, and enhancement or restoration of Louisiana’s coastal resources. After receiving federal and state approval, Parish level local coastal management programs become the permitting authority for coastal uses of local concern defined as "those uses which directly and significantly affect coastal waters and are in need of coastal management but are not uses of state concern and which should be regulated primarily at the local level if the local government has an approved program" (RS. 49:214.25.A.2). link
State Soil and Water Conservation Commission (SWCC) LA The Louisiana State Soil and Water Conservation Commission (SWCC) was created by the State Legislature in 1938 under Act 370 to develop the LA conservation district program and to establish operational policy, and provide general regulatory oversight of the conservation district program. Although the legislature made significant changes to the make-up of the State Commission in 1956 and in 1985, its functions and relationship with the conservation districts has remained the same since the enactment of Act No. 370 of 1938. The State Commission consists of eight members. The Chancellor of the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, the Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry and the President of the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts are members of the commission by virtue of their offices. The other five members are SWCD supervisors elected by fellow supervisors, one from each of the five State Commission Areas established by the legislature. The make up of the five State Commission Areas is listed in the Louisiana Revised Statutes, Title 3, Section 1204. link
State-USEPA Nutrient Innovations Task Group State-EPA The initial concept for a joint State-EPA review of both existing and innovative approaches to nutrient management was introduced at the 2008 annual summer meeting of the ASIWPCA. Further discussions occurred in October 2008 at EPA's Water Division Directors meeting which included EPA regional and headquarters water managers as well as senior program managers representing ASIWPCA and the ASDWA. At the October meeting, State and EPA surface water and drinking water program managers agreed to form an ad hoc Nutrient Innovations Task Group to identify and frame key nutrient issues, questions, and options on how to improve and accelerate nutrient pollution prevention and reduction at the state and national level. In the report, the Task Group presents a summary of scientific evidence and analysis that characterizes the scope and major sources of nutrient impacts nationally. The report also considers the tools currently used under existing federal authority and presents options for new, innovative tools to improve control of nutrient pollution sources. Finally the Task Group presents findings and suggests next steps needed to better address nutrient pollution. link
Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) LDEQ A compliance program activity, managed and supervised by LDEQ's Enforcement Division. Environmental improvement programs are planned funded, executed and completed by regulated facilities. Programs include conservation and environmental enhancement projects and technical/scientific studies to restore or maintain healthy environmental conditions. Focus is on ecological improvements. List of ongoing project are identified at the website. link
Surface Water Quality Standards LA Established in LAC 33:IX. Subpart 1. Chapter 11. Establishes surface water quality standards which will: 1. provide for the protection and preservation of the abundant natural resources of Louisiana's many and varied aquatic ecosystems; 2. protect the public health and welfare that might otherwise be threatened by degradation of water quality; 3. protect or enhance the quality of public waters for designated uses; and 4. serve the objectives of the Louisiana Water Control Law and the Clean Water Act. In particular for nutrients, LAC 33:IX.1109 and 1119 (Antidegradation Policy/Implementation, including reference to NPS BMPs) and LAC 33:IX.1113(B)(8) (narrative nutrient criteria). link
Texas’s Nutrient Criteria Development Process Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) TCEQ has been developing Numerical nutrient criteria in coordination with an advisory workgroup and other public participation. EPA has mandated that states incorporate numerical nutrient criteria in their water quality standards. In June 2010, TCEQ adopted new numerical nutrient criteria for 75 reservoirs based on chlorophyll a concentrations and these new criteria were submitted to EPA for review. Also in June 2010, TCEQ completed new procedures to evaluate and control potential nutrient impacts from proposed wastewater discharge permits. TCEQ is now conducting additional studies and evaluations to develop potential numerical nutrient criteria for selected streams, rivers, and estuaries in Texas. Numerical criteria for these other types of water bodies will also be developed and considered with extensive public participation. On November 27, 2006, the TCEQ sent a revised and expanded version of the "Nutrient Criteria Development Work Plan for the State of Texas," dated November 3, 2006, to EPA. The plan is currently being updated to reflect progress towards nutrient criteria development. Information on the plan revisions and versions are available on the Nutrient Criteria Development Advisory Work Group webpage. Once completed, the plan will be submitted to the EPA by the TCEQ. The current draft of the Plan reflects comments received during the public comment period that ended June 22, 2012. On June 30, 2010, the Commission adopted numerical nutrient criteria for 75 reservoirs. The water bodies are listed in §307.10 (Appendix F) of the 2010 Standards. In addition, the Commission approved screening procedures for nutrients in the revised Procedures to Implement the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards. link
The Endangered Species Act USFWS Established in 1973; United States’ chief statute to conserve endangered or threatened species and their ecosystems; When a species is designated as threatened with extinction, a recovery plan is developed to protect it from further population declines; The plan could include restrictions on cropping practices, water use, and pesticide use. link
Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) USEPA Initiated under the Clean Water Act of 1972 requires that individual states are responsible for cleaning up polluted waterways and are required to meet state water quality standards; Each state can take action to eventually decrease hypoxic zones in the nation, such as compliance with the Clean Water Act’s Total Maximum Daily Load program; Major focus on agricultural runoff link
USEPA Nutrient Framework (Nancy Stoner Memo) USEPA

USEPA issued a memo March 2011, memorializing EPA’s commitment to partner with states and collaborating stake holders to accelerate the reduction of nitrogen and phosphorus loadings to our nation’s waters. EPA recognizes that the best framework approaches entail states, federal agencies, conservation districts, private landowners and other stakeholders working collaboratively to develop watershed-scale plans that target the most effective practices to the acres that need it most. We also encourage federal and state agencies to work with NGOs and private sector partners to leverage resources and target those resources where they will yield the greatest outcomes. Where states are willing to step forward, EPA is encouraging progress on nutrient frameworks through on the ground technical assistance and/or dialogue with state officials and stake holders, coupled with cooperative efforts with other agencies.

USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program USFWS The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program was established in 1987 with a core group of biologists and a small budget for on-the-ground wetland restoration projects on private lands. This successful, results-oriented program has garnered support through the years and has grown into a larger and more diversified habitat restoration program assisting thousands of private landowners across the Nation. The Partners Program provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners and Tribes who are willing to work with us and other partners on a voluntary basis to help meet the habitat needs of our Federal Trust Species. link
Virginia Credit Exchange Association, Inc. Virginia Credit Exchange Association, Inc. The Virginia Nutrient Credit Exchange Association is a voluntary association of owners of 73 regulated municipal wastewater treatment plants and industrial facilities discharging nitrogen and phosphorus within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The purpose of The Exchange is to coordinate and facilitate nutrient credit trading among its members with the goal of improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed efficiently and cost-effectively. The Exchange and Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Nutrient Credit Exchange Program have been highly praised by various state and federal officials and others link
Virginia’s Nutrient Management Program Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (VA DCR) Virginia’s nutrient management program includes several components that focus on reduction and control of nutrients from agriculture, landscape and other nonpoint sources. The program offers incentives such as tax credits for the purchase of farm nutrient application equipment and a poultry litter transportation credit of $15 per ton of litter. The program also includes nutrient management and certification training program for private and public sector managers. link
Water Control Law LA Established in Louisiana Revised Statutes, Title 30, Chapter 4, Section 2071 et seq. (Louisiana Water Control Law). Declares waters of the state of Louisiana are among the state's most important natural resources and their continued protection and safeguard is of vital concern to the citizens of this state. To insure the proper protection and maintenance of the state's waters, authorizes adoption of a system to control and regulate the discharge of waste materials, pollutants, and other substances into the waters of the state. link
Water Quality Certification Procedures LA Established in LA Title 33:IX.Subpart 1. Chapter 15. Establishes the procedures for issuance of certifications for applicants for federal permits. link
Water Quality Standards USEPA Established by Section 303 (a)-(c) of the Clean Water Act, requires EPA to approve state standards and in the absence of approvable state standards, develop and promulgate standards for the state to achieve the “fishable and swimmable” goals of the Clean Water Act. Requires states to hold public hearings at least once every three years for the purpose of reviewing the standards, and as appropriate, revising the standards. link
Water Resource Development Act (WRDA) USACOE To provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States, and for other purposes. link
Wetland Banking USACOE On March 31, 2008, EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) issued revised regulations governing compensatory mitigation for authorized impacts to wetlands, streams, and other waters of the U.S. under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. These regulations are designed to improve the effectiveness of compensatory mitigation to replace lost aquatic resource functions and area, expand public participation in compensatory mitigation decision making, and increase the efficiency and predictability of the mitigation project review process. link
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) USDA/NRCS A voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their wetland restoration efforts. The NRCS goal is to achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum wildlife habitat, on every acre enrolled in the program. This program offers landowners an opportunity to establish long-term conservation and wildlife practices and protection link
Working Lands for Wildlife Gopher Tortoise Initiative USDA/NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife will assist landowners voluntarily create, restore or enhance gopher tortoise habitat, increasing habitat connectivity, and support potential down-listing of the species. Working Lands for Wildlife will complement the existing Longleaf Pine Initiative by providing targeted funding to help enhance, restore and protect gopher tortoise habitat, and increase landowner confidence that the conservation practices they implement will not harm the species or its habitat. Actions include: Protect, maintain, and restore longleaf pine forests; Increase connectivity of existing gopher tortoise habitat; Improve weed and invasive species management; Promote use of government programs that provide incentives for development or restoration of habitat on private lands. link

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