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(Assumptions)

This calculation comes from the EPA Region 5 load reduction model which is designed to calculate reduction of nonpoint source pollutants. This calculation assumes that you have a silt loam type soil – this is the most common type of soil in Indiana. Nutrient reductions (phosphorus and nitrogen) are assumed to come from the reduction of sediment transported nutrients. Attached phosphorus and nitrogen is calculated from USDA-ARS (US Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Research Service) research (Frere et al., 1980) and uses an overall phosphorus concentration of 0.0005 pounds of phosphorus per pound of soil. The nitrogen concentration is 0.001 pounds of nitrogen..

This calculation is also used to provide information about the amount of algae saved from our lakes and streams. Knowing that one pound of phosphorus can produce 500 pound of wet algae (University of MN Extension Service, 2003), by installing a 5 foot wide by 10 foot long native planting area, you can reduce 2.125 pounds of phosphorus from entering the water system which will in turn save 1063 pounds of algae from our lakes and streams.


Size of Area




-OR-







(Assumptions)

This calculation comes from the EPA Region 5 load reduction model which is designed to calculate reduction of nonpoint source pollutants. This calculation assumes that you have a silt loam type soil – this is the most common type of soil in Indiana. Nutrient reductions (phosphorus and nitrogen) are assumed to come from the reduction of sediment transported nutrients. Attached phosphorus and nitrogen is calculated from USDA-ARS (US Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Research Service) research (Frere et al., 1980) and uses an overall phosphorus concentration of 0.0005 pounds of phosphorus per pound of soil. The nitrogen concentration is 0.001 pounds of nitrogen..

This calculation is also used to provide information about the amount of algae saved from our lakes and streams. Knowing that one pound of phosphorus can produce 500 pound of wet algae (University of MN Extension Service, 2003), by installing a 5 foot wide by 10 foot long native planting area, you can reduce 2.125 pounds of phosphorus from entering the water system which will in turn save 1063 pounds of algae from our lakes and streams.


DO

  • Mow flowering weeds before applying pesticides
  • Ensure my lawn care service follows pesticide application instructions and uses best practices

DO NOT

  • Use neonicotinoid (neonics) pesticides
  • Apply pesticides when weather conditions create a drift hazard (>7 mph)
  • Apply pesticides when pollinators are foraging (mid-morning through late afternoon)


DO

  • Register with and review BeeCheck™ before using pesticides
  • Follow pesticide application instructions
  • Create untreated vegetated strips around sensitive pollinator sites
  • Contact nature preserve managers of properties within two miles of my property before using pesticides
  • Use Integrated Pest Management strategies on my property in order to avoid pesticide use

DO NOT

  • Use neonicotinoid (neonics) pesticides
  • Apply pesticides when pollinators are foraging (mid-morning through late afternoon)
  • Apply pesticides when crops are blooming
  • Apply pesticides when weather conditions create a drift hazard (>7 mph)

  • Avoid mowing when pollinators are active (warmest parts of the afternoon)
  • Provide fresh water in a safe location
  • Leave some dead branches and limbs down to provide habitat for ground-dwelling pollinators
  • Ensure that the planted landscape includes multi-season nectar-rich plants and a diverse array of native trees and shrubs to support pollinator foraging

  • Register my hives with BeeCheck™
  • Contact neighbors and local pesticide applicators to make them aware of my bees and their typical activity
  • Keep hives visible to pesticide applicators and/or use signage so that they are aware of the bees’ presence
  • I will report pesticide-related bee kills to the Office of Indiana State Chemist, (800) 893-6637
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