Farmers In The Hangman Creek Watershed Area In Eastern Washington Are Being Advised To Take Up No-till Farming To Reduce Pollution Concerns

Posted Feb 24, 2011 in Blog & Industry News

CURRENT PRICE

FEATURED NEWS

Clean Seed to Break Ground on New Operations and Assembly Facility in Saskatchewan...
Read More

Subscribe

Subscribe below to get the latest
industry and Clean Seed Capital news.


Sign Up

CURRENT PRICE

FEATURED NEWS

Clean Seed to Break Ground on New Operations and Assembly Facility in Saskatchewan...

Subscribe

Get the latest industry
and Clean Seed Capital news.

Plan involves reducing pollution, improving habitat

By MATTHEW WEAVER
Capital Press

Farmers in the Hangman Creek watershed area in Eastern Washington are being advised to take up no-till farming to reduce pollution concerns.

The Washington State Department of Ecology has released its plan to reduce pollution in the watershed to the public for comment.

According to the department, the plan is based on a September 2010 water quality improvement report for the watershed. Also known as the Latah Creek watershed, the area drains roughly 431,000 acres in Spokane and Whitman counties.

The department’s plan intends to reduce fecal coliform bacteria and muddy water and includes measures to decrease the temperature of the water, which is often too warm to support fish and other aquatic life.

According to the department, concerns in the watershed area include phosphorus pollution in the Spokane River, which encourages the growth of algae that use up the oxygen fish need to survive.

Agricultural runoff and livestock and forestry practices are also concerns, according to the department.

The plan calls for native plants to provide shade to the streams to lower the temperature, and intends to reintroduce beavers to the watershed to reduce pollution.

The plan recommends that farmers adopt direct-seed tillage, a seeding practice that minimizes soil disturbance and decreases erosion and runoff.

The plan also calls for installing streamwide fencing with off-stream watering facilities in livestock areas. That would ensure the stream corridor is protected from livestock and wildlife that would deposit fecal matter, trample vegetation or break up soil.

Ecology Communications Manager Jani Gilbert said the watershed includes 275,000 acres of farmland.

Farmers were notified about the best management practices in the plan, Gilbert said.

“We don’t enforce on these if someone opts not to use direct seed, for example,” she said. “We do enforce if the Clean Water Act is violated.”

The act says that pollutants are never allowed to be discharged into waters of the state, Gilbert said.

“By adopting these best management practices, a landowner can rest easy that they won’t violate the Clean Water Act,” she said.

 

STAY UP TO DATE WITHTHE LATEST NEWS


Clean Seed to Break Ground on New Operations and Assembly Facility in Saskatchewan

Mar 24, 2021

Clean Seed Opens Global Distribution Recruitment on the SMART Seeder MAX/MAX-S for Dealers and Agronomy Partners

Mar 4, 2021

Ahead of the Curve

Mar 2, 2021 - Farming for Tomorrow

Clean Seed adds Key Commercialization Vice President Positions to Support Rapid Growth Cycle

Feb 24, 2021

Clean Seed Capital Group beefs up management team hiring industry veteran to fuel growth

Feb 24, 2021 - Proactive

Steve Sommerfeld Joins Clean Seed Capital’s Board of Directors

Feb 10, 2021

Clean Seed Capital: Disruptive agricultural smart seeding technology shakes up an industry.

Feb 5, 2021 - BNN Bloomberg

CEO Graeme Lempriere joined Steve Darling from Proactive to provide an update on the SMART Seeder Max-S release date.

Feb 5, 2021 - Proactive

Clean Seed Capital Gaining Traction with SMART Seeder MAX-S Launch Activities

Feb 4, 2021

Clean Seed Capital Group Premieres “The Seed of an Idea - Grows the Next Generation”

Dec 9, 2020

Clean Seed Broadens Patent Protection Expanding IP Portfolio

Nov 25, 2020

Clean Seed Capital Appoints Former Raymond James Managing Director Glenn Gatcliffe To Its Board of Directors

Nov 5, 2020