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southern plains podcast

Sep 3, 2018

In this episode we visit with Shanon Phillips, the Director of the Water Quality Division of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.  Through the work of her division in partnership with USDA NRCS, Region Six EPA, Local Conservation Districts, USDA FSA and others, Oklahoma has taken over 70 stream segments off of the EPA impaired list--the most of any state in the country.  They have achieved this success not with regulations or law suits, but with voluntary, incentive based locally-led conservation with a focus on those practices that improve soil health.  Shanon also talks about how these practices save communities down stream money by reducing treatment costs while helping farmers and ranchers better prepair for drought and floods while reducing emissions and sequestering carbon dioxide.