Michigan Farm Bureau refreshes water policy

Michigan Farm Bureau plans on encouraging local officials to manage agricultural drainage similar to watersheds.

Senior Conservation and Regulatory Relations Specialist Laura Campbell tells Brownfield a resolution adopted by delegates this week supports legislation currently in Lansing.

“A drain has a watershed, it has a certain amount of landscape that the water flows across in order to get to that drain—let’s figure out better ways of handling that water,” she says.

She says holding ponds, buffer strips, or other conservation practices could help slow the flow of large rain events and reduce flooding concerns.

Delegates also crafted language to provide protection from emerging contaminants. “That farmers may not use on their farm, that may not be part of an agricultural process, but which may end up on agricultural fields,” she explains.

Campbell says the policies adopted will be shared with lawmakers in the new year and have a strong likelihood of moving through the legislative process.

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