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Title:Administrative coordination in the implementation of agricultural nonpoint pollution controls
Author(s):Braden, John B.; Uchtmann, Donald L.; Prutton, Douglas R.
Contributor(s):University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Water resource development
Water resource development--Illinois
Water quality
Soil conservation
Program administration
Geographic Coverage:Illinois (state)
Abstract:Control strategies for nonpoint source agricultural pollutants rely heavily on federal and state soil conservation agencies. Difficulties in accomplishing pollution control goals result from long standing administrative problems within conservation agencies and from the imposition of new goals that are unfamiliar, sometimes unpopular, difficult to detect, and mandated to soil conservation administrators. Difficulty in detection has caused most states to shy away from major nonpoint control programs. Soil loss has become a major proxy indicator for pollution problems. As a result, soil conservation districts bear the burden of abatement responsibilities. Decreases in federal funding and lack of additional state and local support in many areas raise doubts about district capabilities to carry out these responsibilities. Few states have gone beyond identification and planning activities for abating agricultural nonpoint pollutants. An idealized strategy can be envisioned. A multi-purpose resource management agency would exercise broad authority over land and water problems. State and federal funds would be allocated according to indicators of the severity of local problems. The management agency could require pollution control actions by landowners, with suitable compensation.
Issue Date:1982-08
Publisher:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Water Resources Center
Genre:Report (Grant or Annual)
Sponsor:U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Department of the Interior
Rights Information:Copyright 1982 held by John B. Braden, Donald L. Uchtmann, Douglas R. Prutton
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-04-13

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