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INDUSTRY-LED SOLUTIONS: AGRICULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Pp. 051-056 in Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Environmental Regulations–II Proceedings of the 8-12 November 2003 Conference (Albuquerque, New Mexico USA), Publication Date 8 November 2003. .(doi:10.13031/2013.15538)
Authors: Jim Vergura, Larry Beran, Stanley R. Johnson
Keywords: Clean Water Act, industry-led solutions, agriculture, nonpoint source water pollution, total maximum daily load, TMDL, policy
Over the past thirty years, the United States has made tremendous strides in cleaning up its
rivers, lakes, and coastal waters. This improvement has come about in large part because of
success in controlling point source pollution through an effluent limitation-based regulatory
regime. Overall, our success in cleaning up pollution from point sources has not been matched
by efforts to curb nonpoint source pollution. Under state control, nonpoint source pollution has
been addressed through voluntary approaches such as planning, public education, technical
assistance, incentive and cost share mechanisms, and best management practices. Despite
substantial progress in areas such as manure management and soil erosion, the most recent
National Water Quality Inventory indicates that many water bodies continue to fall short of water