Agricultural Nutrient Management: State Innovations and Local Responsibility

Sponsored by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium


Catherine Janasie

ellen essman

Runoff from sources including agricultural fields has caused an excess of nitrogen and phosphorus in water sources across the United States.  Some state governments have responded to the nutrient excess with innovative programs ranging from voluntary to mandatory, and from education-based to trading and cost sharing.  Other state and national policies are shifting the burden of nutrient cleanup to local governments, water treatment plants, and other point sources.  This phenomenon is highlighted by the recent Des Moines Waterworks litigation.  This webinar will provide a review of pioneering state approaches to nutrient pollution, as well as a discussion of the implications that can arise when local governments and utilities address excess nitrogen and phosphorus in water sources.


This webinar was recorded on February 21, 2018.  To listen to a recording of the webinar, please click here.


Ellen Essman
Senior Research Associate
Agricultural & Research Law Program, The Ohio State University

Ellen Essman is a senior research associate in the Agricultural & Resource Law Program in Ohio State University Extension.  Essman is a graduate of The Ohio State University (B.A., Political Science, with a minor in Natural Resource Management) and Drake University Law School (J.D.), where she served on the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law.

Catherine M. Janasie
Senior Research Counsel
National Sea Grant Law Center

Catherine M. Janasie is Senior Research Counsel with the National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) at The University of Mississippi School of Law where she provides legal and policy analyses to organizations and government entities on ocean, coastal, and natural resources issues and teaches environmental law classes, including Natural Resources Law, Water Law, and Agricultural Law. She also serves as the Editor of the Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal and as a Vice Chair on the Marine Resources Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources. Prior to joining the NSGLC, Cathy received her LL.M. in Environmental & Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School and worked for the National Wildlife Refuge System, Division of Realty of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  Previously, she practiced law in New York, NY at the law firm of Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP.  Cathy received her J.D. and B.A. from Rutgers University.

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Handout (Essman)