Agriculture

The WCIWA watersheds count over 60% of the land as being dedicated to agriculture, including commodity crops, specialty (horticultural) crops, poultry production, and beef operations. Quality production often means supplementing with fertilizers and other additives; it is our goal to see that these substances stay in the crop fields where they can carry out their intended purposes, rather than being washed away into streams where they can cause harm.

Some of the most effective means of reducing pollutant loads sourced from agricultural lands involve implementation of best management practices (also known as ‘BMPs’) that affect large areas. Precision ‘ag’ technology helps reduce equipment overlap, which can cause an excess of nutrients to be applied to the field in places. Combining no-till methods with cover crops and nutrient/pest management plans can improve soil health. Installing structures such as terraces, waterways, and two-stage ditches can substantially reduce pollutants from agricultural land, as well. Filter strips and grass buffers along streams and road ditches can work to absorb nutrients in run-off and help reduce soil erosion. The WCIWA has cost-share funds to implement these practices (and many more!) in eligible areas of the watershed! Contact us to see if you qualify!