The MOU will promote increased collaboration on watershed improvement projects
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Sept. 9, 2014 to promote increased cooperation and communication between the two organizations in their efforts to make watershed-level water quality improvements. The signing ceremony will take place at the National Press Club at 12 p.m. EST.
The goal of the agreement is to encourage clean water agencies and nearby dairy farms to work together to improve water quality and reduce runoff associated with livestock manure. Potential projects include cooperation on building anaerobic digesters, which can use manure to generate electricity and reduce methane emissions, and controlling nutrient discharges through the use of nutrient separation technologies and land management practices.
Embracing more watershed-based approaches to address nutrient pollution is critical to improving local water quality. Increased collaboration among the clean water and dairy sectors offers a host of mutually-beneficial and cost-effective opportunities, and NACWA and NMPF are excited about this opportunity to work more closely together.
Signing the MOU will be Ken Kirk, NACWA executive director and Jim Mulhern, NMPF CEO and president.