Soil and Water Management Educational Area
SW130 - Atrazine Use Strategies To Protect Surface Water Quality
Cheri Janssen; Fred Whitford
Today's farmers are asked to produce high quality, low-cost food, fiber, and meat without disrupting the environment. In some areas, EPA, USDA, and state agricultural and environmental agencies are asking the agricultural community to reduce off-site movement of atrazine into surface water to ensure its continued availability.
SW140 - Water Quality Trading
Agricultural producers are finding opportunities to get paid for their stewardship activities through water quality trading. Generally, they sell the amount of nutrients or sediment reduced by conservation practices. Who buys the nutrient or sediment reductions? Facilities, like wastewater treatment plants, buy the reductions to help meet regulatory requirements that limit the amount of these substances that may be discharged in their wastewater to local waterbodies. These regulated facilities find that it is less expensive to pay producers to implement conservation practices than it is to install new treatment technologies. Through water quality trading, producers, regulated facilities, and local water quality all benefit.
SW150 - Introduction to Drainage Water Management
Drainage Water Management (DWM) is the process of managing the timing and the amount of water discharging from agricultural drainage systems. A water level control structure is installed in the tile line and allows for management of the tile outlet elevation.
Introduction to Drainage Water Management provides the CCA an overview of what drainage water management is and how it works. It will expose CCAs to the conservation and crop production benefits of DWM and will provide the CCA with resources for learning more about DWM. This module should take about 60 minutes to complete, plus time for the quiz.