Category Archive: Agricultural Runoff

Feb 20

Bridging an urban-rural divide in the Midwest

When excess fertilizer or manure washes off farm fields, it can contaminate water that supplies nearby cities. But farmers may hesitate to change their ways because it can affect the bottom line. Using less fertilizer can reduce crop yields. And other solutions such as buffer strips may require taking land out of production. So the …

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Feb 07

Better Ditches, Clean Water Riches

It’s time to ditch the notion that all ditches are created equal. With a few smart improvements, a roadside ditch can lead to cleaner water. Listen up: Here’s the new and improved job description for the ubiquitous ditch: A thoughtfully engineered ditch reduces flooding and water pollution, contributing to cleaner waterways everywhere. The opportunity for …

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Jan 23

Too Much and Not Enough Water

Climate change is expected to deal multiple blows to water resources in New York. Drink in this: In the coming years, climate change will deal multiple blows to water resources in New York state. Horton: “We expect more heavy rain events in the future, and that can have very negative impacts on water quality.” That’s …

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Jan 01

Caring for the Roads Less Traveled

Over time, dirt roads can get pounded down and worn away, turning into gutters when it rains. Get the dirt on this: Dirt roads may be picturesque, but they muddy nearby waters if they’re not properly maintained. Pennsylvania has almost 20,000 miles of unpaved roads, and some have been around for 200 years. Over time, …

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Dec 30

Nitrates in Rural Wells

If well water is contaminated by fertilizer runoff, septic discharges, or animal waste, it could put babies at risk. Consider¬†this: Nitrate is a natural chemical compound present in almost all water, but high levels in fertilizer runoff, septic discharges, or animal waste can leach into groundwater. If it gets into drinking water, it puts infants …

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