Ontario to reduce phosphorus loss to Lake Erie
December 14, 2016 By Ontario Federation of Agriculture
A joint strategy between the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and the Great Lakes and St. Lawerence Cities Initiative has secured funding to implement a five-year strategy to reduce phosphorus (P) loss and improve water quality in the Thames River. The plan will also contribute to Ontario’s commitment to reduce P entering Lake Erie by 40 per cent by 2025.
A total of $203,000 will be funded by Growing Forward 2, a federal agricultural funding program, while funds will be matched with $100,000 from participating organizations (including the OFA). The strategy includes reducing the transportation of P off agricultural land by improving water management to retain water on the land during the non-growing season, and installing cost-effective treatment technologies in drainage channels before the water reaches the Thames River and its tributaries.
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