TMDL stands for Total Maximum Daily Loads. For most, that doesn’t help in defining what these things are, let alone why they are important. This webinar will explain what TMDLs are and how they function. It will also look at the practical impact that TMDLs can have on your farm. It could mean new conservation priorities. It might even mean the ability to monetize your conservation efforts to produce a new revenue stream for your farm.
The “daily loads” refers to the maximum amount of different pollutants, nutrients or suspended solids allowed to make it to a designated body of water. Different TMDLs target different pollutants based on what is being seen in the receiving body of water, but the two that have the most impact on agriculture are phosphorus and nitrogen.
TMDL regulations are important because an increasing portion of farm land in our area is subject to them. In Wisconsin, TMDLs already impact thousands of acres. The development of two new TMDLs for the watersheds surrounding the Wisconsin and Upper Fox/Wolf Rivers, will mean that most of the land in the state is impacted by a TMDL.
New regulations that result from TMDLs might mean the changing of certain farm practices to reduce runoff concerns. They might also present farmers with the opportunity to engage in nutrient trading, a practice that would pay farmers for implementing conservation practices to reduce runoff of targeted nutrients. The webinar will examine both the positive and negative impacts from a TMDL being established in your area.