Influences from Agriculture

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    Influences from Agriculture

    Agriculture may has many influences on water quality depending on the types of production.  Overuse of fertilizers are flushed into the surface waters through irrigation and canals.  Livestock induce erosion of stream banks when fields are over grazed or animals allowed to access the streams directly.  Poorly managed manure also enters the surface waters polluting the waters with bacteria and nutrients.  These issues can be mitigated however by incorporating best management practices (BMPs) and following simple tips

    Check out the short worksheet and factsheets below to find out how you may be contaminating you surface and groundwater. 

    Additional links to protect water quality:

    Best Mangament Practices

    Simple Actions for Landowners   

    Ag Waste Management


    dirty waterGround water wells and surface water withdrawls provide important sources of water 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 effects on the household, environment, farm, and neighbors.

     


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    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 short worksheet above, then your water is potential at risk to threaten your family's and neighbor's house and the value of your property. If you suspect your water to be at risk  you can contact your local extension office. You can also review the surveys and factsheets below and and some simple tips to see how you can be part of the solution to pollution.

     


    SURVEYS AND FACTSHEETS

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    WELL WATER

    Survey

    Factsheet

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    PESTICIDES

    Survey

    Factsheet

    fertilizer

    FERTILIZERS

    Survey

    Factsheet

     

    chemical

    HAZARDOUS WASTE

    Survey

    Factsheet

    septic tank

    SEPTIC SYSTEMS

    Survey

    Factsheet

    manure

    LIVESTOCK MANURE

    Survey

    Factsheet

    livestock yard

    LIVESTOCK YARDS

    Survey

    Factsheet