As the weather warms up and rainfall increases this time of year, it's time to remind producers and nutrient applicators of year-round laws and restrictions on manure application in the Western Lake Erie Basin.
Restrictions do not apply if:
Producers not in the WLEB are to use BMP's when applying manure and follow USDA/NRCS FIeld Office Technical Guide Standard 590. Use the Ohio Applicator Forecast which gives substantial information when making nutrient application decisions.
Since 1989, water samples have been collected from Town Creek, area municipalities and rural wells on a regular basis. They are tested for nitrates, phosphates, and pesticides.
The results show that Van Wert County is fortunate to have quality water available. Funding for this program has been provided by the Van Wert County Foundation and will ensure continued monitoring and protection of our water in the future.