Category Archive: Agricultural Runoff

Apr 17

Precision Farming for the Waterways’ Win

What does GPS positioning have to do with farming? Plenty, when it comes to reducing water and fertilizer use—listen up: The Midwest is renowned for both its bountiful farms and its access to the Great Lakes. But the two are sometimes at odds, considering that excess fertilizer can run off fields and pollute water resources. …

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Apr 16

Putting Down Native Roots

Landscaping with native plants can help stabilize the soil and protect water quality. Dig it: Trees and other plants are nature’s water purifiers. Their roots prevent erosion. And when it rains, they slow runoff, so it filters into the ground. But when landscaping for clean water, not all plants are equal. Cheryl Nenn of Milwaukee …

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Apr 06

Protecting the Fruit of One’s Labor

By putting their property in a land trust, fruit farmers can protect water quality—and in turn, their own crops. Listen up: It’s no coincidence that fruit farms flourish across the Great Lakes. And now, farmers are finding new ways to ensure they continue to do so. “The Lake Michigan fruit belt is a 200-mile stretch …

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Apr 04

The Dirt on Sediment Pollution

When you hear about water pollution, you probably think of chemicals—but soil and silt can harm rivers, too. Listen up: It might come as a surprise to think that something as natural as soil actually contributes to water pollution. But excess soil runoff, or sediment, can have a range of negative effects, from clouding water …

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Apr 02

Greener Gardens for the Win

Wanna nip gardening pollution in the bud? For tips on growing a truly green garden—listen up: If you grow your own flowers and vegetables, you’re probably eager to dig in already. But give yourself a moment to consider that how you garden affects water quality—especially when the fertilizers and chemicals enter storm drains or groundwater …

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