A Matter of Balance: Systems Approaches to Managing Great Lakes Landscapes

Date: March 4, 2016 - March 4, 2016
Location: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

A major challenge in managing agricultural and urban landscapes is in providing healthy and nutrient-rich soil for plant growth with minimal loss of crop nutrients to the environment. In general, farms and urban areas in the Great Lakes Region are not losing much nitrogen and phosphorus on a per acre basis, but the watersheds are large and freshwater is sensitive to even small increases in nutrient concentration.

Because nutrient loss is greatly influenced by the timing and intensity of rainfall, the solution to the problem of nutrient loss and subsequent degradation of lakes and streams is neither simple nor obvious. This seminar will bring together researchers, agribusiness professionals, livestock farmers and urban hydrologists in a holistic approach to managing a verdant landscape while protecting our water resources.

For program information, please visit the Michigan Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.