Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters Symposium
Soil and water research and policy leaders, initiated by The Ohio State University with support from Greenleaf Advisors, LLC, and the University of Arkansas, launched a workshop and symposia series dedicated to the development of multidisciplinary and whole system management practices for the agricultural lands that impact our nation’s waters (HSHW Flyer). The December 2015 symposium will be part of the Nutrient Management and Edge of Field Monitoring (from the Great Lakes to the Gulf) Conference led by the University of Arkansas and the Soil & Water Conservation Society on behalf of the Hypoxia Task Force and SERA 46.
A collaborative multi-year effort, the series has been organized around the development of data-driven, region-specific case studies highlighting Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce nutrient exports to water resources. At the September 2014 Workshop, participants presented and discussed current nutrient management options, performance data, and their efficacy at multiple scales. In May 2015, the Hypoxia Task Force and SERA 46 Land Grant Universities established joint priorities including water management, agricultural training, and building watershed capacity to advance nutrient management. This was followed by the HSHW symposium which included more than a dozen technical practice presentations that addressed issues related to the natural, social and physical sciences associated with agricultural land management.