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Jul 06, 2018

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John Reynolds

Instead of buffers why not charge farmers a fee for the phosphorus and nitrogen they add to the water leaving their farm? It's not complicated especially when we have a clearly defined water flow. We have the technology to do this but probably not the political backbone.

James M Hamilton

I disagree with Walz on the idea of compensating farmers for buffers needed to reduce runoff of pesticides, etc. However, there should be alternatives for those able to accomplish the same thing in other ways. (I don't believe "pay to pollute" is a responsible approach. The goal should be to keep the pollutants out of the water in the first place.)

michelle

Alternatives for complying with a law? You mean something like the list of alternatives that are available on the BWSR website?http://bwsr.state.mn.us/buffers/alternative_practices_technical_guidance.pdf
Or more like the combinations of practices that can be done using another tool on the BWSR buffer page for alternatives?
How many options do they need?

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