IPM Institute of North America, Inc. is training new Technical Service Providers (TSPs) and providing technical assistance to farmers to help improve water quality in the western Lake Erie basin. Grant funding is being used to: 1) hire a NRCS-qualified TSP to provide planning and plan-implementation services; 2) recruit and train 12 to 20 new TSPs; 3) create and circulate sample commercial fertilizer (CAP-104) plans for use by TSPs; 4) share information about CAP-104 opportunities with private landowners and agricultural retailers throughout the western Lake Erie basin; and 5) develop plans for 220 farms over the 2-year grant period. This work is expected to reduce dissolved reactive phosphorous load losses. Based on prior work, it is anticipated that at least 80% of participating farmers will continue to implement new or improved practices on a majority of their acres, resulting in ongoing reductions of dissolved reactive P load losses per year. This reduction in nutrient losses will contibute to improving water quality in the western Lake Erie basin, alleviating the severity and frequency of algal blooms linked to dissolved reactive phosphorus.
Maumee Area of Concern, Western Lake Erie Basin