TC Palm: Written by Lucas Daprile. November 17, 2017.
The federal government's $1.8 billion program to reduce farm runoff has failed to prevent algae blooms from rising nationwide, according to a recent Associated Press investigation.
The United States Department of Agriculture's Environmental Quality Incentives Program pays farmers to voluntarily implement practices that reduce pollution.
Many of the methods the program funds, such as planting cover crops and improving irrigation, are listed in the state's so-called best management practices.
Prior TCPalm investigations found the state takes polluters at their word and does not factor in the use of treated human waste when calculating the effect of farm pollution on water quality.