Water, science and the environment: Week of May 27, 2012

First the good news: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has accepted 3.9 million acres of farmland for the Conservation Reserve Program. Now the bad: More than 6 million acres will come out of the program on Oct. 1. Find links to new research on irrigation’s impact on groundwater and an interview with John Linc Stine, the new commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Check out the Freshwater Blog.