Welcome to ERC
Environmental Resources Coalition (ERC) believes that it’s
possible for government, private industry, and citizen stakeholder
groups to work together. We understand that when it comes to water
protection efforts, one size does not fit all. Successful groups
will use sound science, common sense and have an appreciation for
the cause and effect relationships between economics, the environment
and politics. I
late 90s, a groundbreaking partnership was formed between Missouri
Corn Growers Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and Syngenta to search
for ways to reduce Atrazine levels in several lakes.
during this time that ERC developed its reputation for being a fair
and credible resource and we soon became the go-to coordinator for
all of the groups. In 2002, Environmental Resources Coalition staff
began collecting data, monitoring water and demonstrating for farmers
how they could help reduce the levels of Atrazine in targeted watersheds.
This unique approach to environmental stewardship has been applauded
by the bi-partisan Missouri House Interim Committee on Water Quality.
It also received the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award.
In August 2005, the WRASP project was singled out for recognition
by the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation.
Evaluating and Practicing Innovative Conservation (EPIC) will examine whether best management practices for nutrient reductions in water runoff are actually protecting the environment and benefiting agriculture.
Livestock Environmental Assessment and Nutrient management plans--WEST (CLEANMP) will
provide no-cost confidential environmental assessments and nutrient
management plans (if requested) to livestock operators that will
identify and address nitrogen and phosphorus runoff.
Southwest Missouri Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP)
identify and address major water quality issues in the southwestern
region of the state.
Ecological and Water Resources Assessment Project (EWRAP) will
deliver a science-based and balanced view to regulators and the
public to help them develop reasonable policies concerning water
Stewardship Implementation Project
(SIP) focuses on atrazine, nitrogen and phosphorous management practices in the field.
Waterhed Research, Assessment
and Stewardship Project (WRASP) has
provided government agencies with input from the regulated community since 1997. The project concluded in 2005.
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