After entering information reflecting the farm’s current status users may save the session and run alternative scenarios for comparison of implementing new management schemes and/or emission mitigation practices. Mitigation practices sometimes result in trade-offs where the new practice reduces the emission of one constituent while at the same time increasing the emission of a second. Running multiple scenarios of NAQSAT identifies these trade-offs prior to the producer investing large sums in control practices that don’t fully meet their needs or goals.
The program may only be run from its host website (it does not download onto your computer). Each “saved”session of NAQSAT is stored under its own URL available only to the person or persons with knowledge of the URL address. Sessions remain saved on the host computer for 30 days. Users may return to the URL anytime within that time period to make changes or re-visit the results.
The tool results do not provide emissions data and/or regulatory guidance. It was developed for voluntary and educational purposes.All sessions on NAQSAT are confidential and available only to the user. There are no fees associated with accessing and using NAQSAT.
Source: Gerald May, Michigan State University Extension