nonpoint source

nonpoint source

[‚nän′pȯint ‚sȯrs]
(civil engineering)
A dispersed source of stormwater runoff; the water comes from land dedicated to uses such as agriculture, development, forest, and land fills and enters the surface water system as sheet flow at irregular rates.
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $1,041,000 to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MTDEQ) to help protect human health and the environment through a Nonpoint Source Program (NPS) Clean Water Act Section 319 grant.
Their topics include the nitrogen component in nonpoint source pollution models, identifying and characterizing ravines with GIS terrain attributes for precision conservation, elements of precision manure management, precision conservation to enhance wildlife benefits in agricultural landscapes, and precision conservation and precision regulation.
Topics will include water quality, watersheds and nonpoint source pollution.
20 to apply for grants from a $17 million state fund to conserve soil and water on their farms.<br />The Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Program provides money to help farmers manage runoff from manure and erosion issues that come up with agricultural activity.<br />"This funding is essential to the health and well-being of our farms and our communities.
Trades involving nonpoint sources often require the nonpoint source to implement a new management practice.
amendments created a new section titled "Nonpoint Source Management
Agriculture, though, has been exempted from many of the regulations and permit requirements, mostly due to the concept of nonpoint source pollution.
The IG report acknowledges that the challenge of achieving nutrient reductions in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya Basin is complicated by the size of the Mississippi River watershed, which is the third-largest in the world; lack of Clean Water Act authority over nonpoint source pollution arising from agricultural activities; and competing environmental priorities.
In many areas, progress towards addressing water quality impairment has been slow, largely attributable to the lack of teeth in the Act to address nonpoint source pollution.
(2) Nonpoint source pollution on the other hand does not fall under the discharge permitting system.