6 Ways Farmers Protect
Water Quality

Farmers work hard to protect streams, ponds, rivers, lakes and wetlands from pollution by livestock and crops. By keeping water edges in their natural state, we can help control runoff and erosion, and allow water insects, animals and fish to thrive.

  1. Cover cropping to reduce soil erosion.
  2. Furrow alignment to reduce the amount of runoff from rain or irrigation.
  3. Diversion channels to send runoff to safe areas and prevent excessive erosion.
  4. Buffer strips and grass waterways in ditches to capture sediments or nutrients and prevent erosion.
  5. Natural vegetation "filter strips" intercept and trap pollutants as runoff from fields.
  6. Grazing management to control the length and frequency of livestock grazing near riparian areas and wetlands — especially during excessive wet seasons and early or late season growth periods.