Category Archive: Agricultural Runoff

Jul 12

Master Well Owners Network

Well, well, well… this is quite the deep subject: In rural Pennsylvania, over a million private wells serve about three and a half million people. The bad news is about half of those wells fail to meet at least one of the EPA’s safe drinking water standards. Diane Oleson of Penn State Extension says many …

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Jun 30

Why the Clean Water Act Is a Hard Act to Follow

One law has led to a scrub-up of America’s waterways. Dive in to the many ways rivers, lakes, and coasts have since benefited: Forty-odd years ago, two-thirds of America’s rivers, lakes, and coastal waters were too polluted for swimming or fishing. When an oil slick on a Midwestern river caught fire, the public was fed …

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Jun 23

The Downlow on High Tech Farming

Farmers are getting smarter with smart technology that advances water and fertilizer strategy. Dig it: GPS tracking, drones, and other remote sensing devices aren’t just for techies—they’re all increasingly being used on large-scale farms to measure factors like soil moisture and nutrient levels. The practice, known as precision agriculture, allows farmers to fine-tune watering and …

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Jun 21

That Watershed Moment When You Realize…

…that water in the middle of the country eventually makes its way to the ocean. No, seriously. Listen up: You might think that people living in the middle of the United States are very removed from ocean issues, but the reality is their actions have far-reaching consequences. It’s an interconnected world, so water quality problems …

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Jun 05

Cover the Eco-Bases With Cover Crops

Farmers put covers on their fields—but not so they can sleep! Cover crops reduce erosion and improve water absorption. Dig in: You might think soil could use a rest between growing seasons. But leaving soil bare through winter makes it vulnerable to heavy rain and winds that cause erosion and wash nutrients out of the …

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