The Grand Island Independent Quotes: “Regulations protecting water quality and quantity in eastern Nebraska are being updated for the first time in 20 years. The proposals aim to further control pumping and reduce the potential for agriculture pollution in the Papio Missouri River Natural Resources District. The plan would limit when farmers can use fertilizers in an effort to keep nitrates out of the water system. High levels of nitrates can be particularly dangerous to infants and could possibly contribute to cancer.
Under the plan, farmers in the Platte or Elkhorn River valleys at the start of the growing season won’t be allowed to use nitrogen fertilizer until March 1. Farmers would also be restricted from using fertilizers in the fall. Fertilizing would be allowed beginning Nov. 1 in the rest of the district.”