Water plan calls for action by farmers to reduce nitrates in Lower Valley groundwater

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After years of study, a newly released proposal to reduce nitrates in Lower Valley groundwater recommends stiffer requirements for irrigated farmers and dairymen, as well as extending municipal water and sewer services to some rural areas.

Recommendations, more than 60 in all, include having dairies install protective liners in their manure storage ponds, establishing irrigation programs to prevent over watering and extending municipal water and sewer services to areas immediately outside city limits.

The plan comes after more than five years of study and considerable work by farmers, dairy operators, environmental groups, residents and government officials.

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