While on site at the RNC, I got the chance to chat with some of our NH delegates. Adam Schrader is currently a Republican Rep for Newmarket, and is running for re-election. We got talking about conservative alternatives to EPA mandates for problems like fertilizer runoff control in Great Bay, and I was intrigued – It’s worth a listen:
The background is quite noisy, but here’s the digest:
The EPA is mandating expensive water quality measures on communities surrounding Great Bay, mostly to deal with Nitrogen fertilizer runoff.
Shrimp in the bay help to convert and neutralize the fertilizer.
Shrimp farmers currently have burdensome regulations, including a 1 year permit for a “crop” with a 3 year growing cycle.
Rep Schrader is working to increase the incentive for shrimp farming by reducing regulations slightly, and mostly by matching the permit length to the crop cycle, so that the shrimp farmer has a chance of a return on his crop.
In addition, Scott’s Fertilizer are willing to reformulate their lawn chemicals to reduce runoff, but that can be expensive, especially if different states demand “boutique” variants. Rep Schrader is working with reps in neighboring states to get agreement that the proposed formulation would be accepatable across a larger area, thus making Scotts’ proposal economically viable.
Co-operation, not coercion – what a concept.