Rural Water Resources Planner: Water Quality Protection
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  • Agricultural Best Management Practices
    This publication provides information on the potentially negative impacts that agriculture can have on soil and water quality, and some of the farming practices that can minimize these impacts.
  • Protecting Your Water
    This publication describes the roles that watershed and water source protection and management play in providing good quality water for farm users, focusing on principles important to small on-farm reservoirs known as dugouts.
  • Riparian Area Management
    This publication provides information about the role of riparian areas in maintaining good water quality and how the careful management of riparian areas can provide sustainable forage for producers and improved water quality for all.
  • Riparian Grazing and Off-Stream Livestock Watering
    This publication explains how agricultural practices in livestock production can be adopted to maintain environmentally healthy riparian zones.
  • Alternatives to Direct Access Livestock Watering
    This publication provides information on the impacts of direct watering of livestock on water quality and some of the management alternatives that exist for improving water quality by restricting animal access to water bodies.
  • Nutrient Management Planning
    This publication provides information on the impact of plant nutrients on water quality and how the careful management of nutrient inputs can mean economic efficiency for producers and improved water quality for others.
  • Pest Management and Water Quality
    This publication provides information on the impact of pesticides on water quality and how the adoption of an Integrated Pest Management Plan can help improve your bottom line and reduce environmental risks.
  • Using Field Chemistry Kits for Monitoring Nutrients in Surface Water
    Field chemistry kits can be used to measure concentrations of nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen in surface waters. This fact sheet provides general information on the types of kits that are available.
  • Winter Watering for Livestock
    This publication provides information about the impacts of direct access livestock watering on water quality. It also recommends some of the best management practices to improve water quality and winter watering.
  • Soil Texture and Water Quality
    This publication provides information about the connections between soil texture and soil management practices that protect water quality.
  • Muskrat Control in Farm Dugouts
    Muskrats can have a negative impact on water quality in farm dugouts. Muskrats will often tunnel into the sides of dugouts to create burrows. Both tunnelling and harvesting of plants for food disturb the sediments.
  • Robocow - Operation H20 - Robocow: Operation H20 is an animated video in which on-farm environmental perils are discovered and remedied by Robocow, the charismatic and enigmatic hero of the series. In Operation H20 Robocow identifies and corrects agricultural practices affecting surface water.
  • Robocow - The Aquifer Connection - Robocow, the animated environmental advocate is back for a second stint on the silver screen, ready to put more of her bovine bravado on display. But this time her celebrated and sensitive ground-scan radar is tuned into an even deeper dilemma - groundwater problems.
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