Elizabeth Toot-Levy Presented on Nutrient Mass Balance at the OCW and OSC Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium
Elizabeth Toot-Levy (Ohio) presented on Ohio EPA's Nutrient Mass Balance at the Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium hosted by the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association (OCW) and the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) in Columbus, Ohio on December 17, 2019. Annually, OCW and OSC host the Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium to offer farmers throughout the state an opportunity to hear about the latest agricultural issues and trends facing their industry.
Elizabeth presented to a group of approximately 45 farmers, explaining how the Ohio EPA develops the bi-annual, Ohio Nutrient Mass Balance Report in preparation for the upcoming 2020 report. This report details the annual total nitrogen and phosphorus loads from the majority of Ohio's watersheds to Lake Erie and the Ohio River. Significant efforts are underway in the state to reduce both point and nonpoint sources of nutrients to the watersheds and the bi-annual mass balance report provides one mechanism to track long-term nutrient levels. After the presentation, Elizabeth was interviewed by Dusty Sonnenberg from Ohio's Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net.
Under Elizabeth's leadership, Geosyntec has been supporting the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association (OCW) and the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) since 2016. Those groups provide water quality technical support to the associations representing the majority of the growers in the State of Ohio. Their support includes efforts to help the associations understand technical, research, and water quality issues related to nutrients. Geosyntec has helped to increase the visibility of these associations throughout the state, as key players to help reduce Lake Erie's algae blooms.
Elizabeth has 19 years of experience working in the field of environmental and regulatory compliance. Her expertise includes Clean Water Act (CWA) compliance, water quality standards, water quality and environmental monitoring, risk communication, watershed management, industrial and municipal pretreatment, integrated planning and many other aspects related to local, state, and federal compliance with the CWA.
The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association works on behalf of Ohio's corn and small grain farmers to create opportunities that provide a sustainable future. The Ohio Soybean Council was founded in 1991 to manage the Soybean Promotion and Research Program – more commonly known as the soybean checkoff..
About the event: https://www.ohiograinfarmerssymposium.org/
Facebook Live video: https://www.facebook.com/ohioscountryjournalandohioagnet/videos/2298737020424897/
Audio interview is available (starting at 20:44): https://www.ocj.com/2019/12/ohios-country-journal-ohio-ag-net-ohio-ag-net-podcast-ep-131-christmas-lights-yap/
Learn more about Elizabeth: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-toot-levy-48402518/