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.
Ground 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.
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