OSU Extension Factsheets

Vegetative Filter Strips: Application, Installation and Maintenance

Available here: http://ohioline.osu.edu/aex-fact/0467.html

This publication summarizes the key aspects of the application, installation and maintenance of filter strips for Ohio conditions. Filter-strip function and some research findings from across the United States are included. This fact sheet is intended for farmers and landowners who have a basic knowledge of best management practices, and for educational, technical and regulatory agency personnel who work with farmers and landowners in Ohio.

The Economics of Vegetative Filter Strips

Available here: http://ohioline.osu.edu/ae-fact/0006.html

This publication provides general background on economic considerations associated with installing vegetative filter strips. This fact sheet begins with a general discussion of the potential benefits (social and private) and costs of filter strips. Contemporary data on benefits and costs are included to help farmers assess the financial aspects of filter strips. Four particular options are considered in this fact sheet: grass and legumes, hay, low managed timber, and high managed timber. The financial aspects of these options are then compared using average benefit and cost data for Ohio.

Agricultural Best Management Practices

Available here: http://ohioline.osu.edu/aex-fact/0464.html

This publication provides an overview of the relationship between agricultural production and impacts on water quality and includes a summary table to assist managers select best management practices to reduce those impacts.

Coping with Polluted Runoff

Available here: http://ohioline.osu.edu/aex-fact/0443.html

This publication provides an overview of the relationship between the amount of impervious surface in a watershed and the water quality of the watershed?s receiving stream. The authors also provide general recommendations for what communities can do to reduce the water quality impacts of development.