Category Archive: Agricultural Runoff

Aug 08

Good fences make good water

Cows wading in a stream might make a pretty picture. But the reality is a lot less pleasant. Jinjun Kan is a microbiologist with Stroud Research Center. He’s been monitoring streams in the Delaware River Watershed for bacteria that are present as a result of fecal contamination. And he’s found high levels, especially in summer. …

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Jul 30

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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Jul 12

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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Jun 26

A farmland retirement program

The Farm Bill and water resources: The Farm Bill is a huge piece of legislation that not only influences the food on our plates. It affects the water in our rivers and lakes. For example, it supports the ‘Conservation Reserve Program,’ which protects up to 24 million acres of sensitive land. The program pays farmers …

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Jun 13

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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