Influences from Agriculture
Agriculture may has many influences on water quality depending on the types of production. Overused fertilizer is flushed into surface waters through irrigation and canals. Livestock increase erosion along stream banks when fields are over grazed or animals are allowed to access the streams directly. Poorly managed manure also enters surface waters, polluting the waters with bacteria and nutrients.
Ground water wells and surface water withdrawls provide important sources of water for home, recreation, animal, and crop uses. The responsibility for maintaining the quality of groundwater and local surface water is up to the land owner. Improper maintenance can lead to negative impacts on their household, local environment, farm, and neighbors.
Complete this short worksheet to see potential contaminants of your water.
If If you answered "Yes" or "Don't Know" to any of the questions from the worksheet above, then your water is potentially at risk to threaten your family and property, as well as your neighbors. Review the surveys and factsheets below and simple tips to see how you can be part of the solution to pollution.
If you have additional questions and concerns, contact your local extension office for assistance.
SURVEYS AND FACTSHEETS