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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Improving water quality using native grasses
Year: 2000
Author(s): Schnabel, R. R.
Source Title: Proceedings of the 2nd Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 46-54
Original Publication:  
Abstract: Numerous water quality challenges confront the people of the eastern United States. Thousands of miles of streams and thousands of acres of lakes and estuaries do not fully meet the water quality standards of their designated uses. The Clean Water Act requires states to devise and implement plants to bring these waterbodies into compliance. The States within the Chesapeake basin have agreed, by 2000, to reduce the mass of pollutants entering the Bay to 40% below 1985 levels and then cap them at that level regardless of population or industrial growth. At the same time, the US Dept of Agriculture has started a program (National Conservation Buffer Initiative) to establish 2 million miles of conservation buffers by 2002. Each of these efforts to improve water quality will require choices of vegetation. Native grasses should be strongly considered during planning and implementing water quality improvement projects.
Publisher: Agricultural Research Service and Natural Resource Conservation Service, Beltsville, MD
Editor(s): J. R. Ritchie