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This publication provides four basic strategies to help improve the health of your soil: (1) Practice no-tillage or strip-tillage, (2) Add more crops to your rotation, (3) include cover crops, and (4) manage nutrient  More...

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Water quality is important, because the water you use on your produce farm could potentially introduce human pathogens into your production fields, equipment and workers, washing and packing facilities, and directly o  More...

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An 8-page publication, part of the Transforming Drainage project, that provides a broad overview of the benefits, costs and issues related to drainage water recycling systems.

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This full-color publication shows aquatic insects that can be used as bioindicators of water quality in Indiana waterways. Bioindicators are biological systems that are sensitive to environmental changes and, therefor  More...

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This full-color publication shows aquatic insects that can be used as bioindicators of water quality in Indiana waterways. Bioindicators are biological systems that are sensitive to environmental changes and, therefor  More...

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Water is a vital natural resource. We need clean water for drinking, swimming, irrigating crops, and sustaining healthy fish and wildlife populations. The goal of this print-your-own boardgame is to help people unders  More...

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The 4-H Soil and Water Science curriculum in digital format (PDF) is for youth who enjoy learning about science and two important natural resources: soil and water. Level 1 introduces basic terms and concepts. Activit  More...

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The 4-H Soil and Water Science curriculum in digital format (PDF) is for youth who enjoy learning about science and two important natural resources: soil and water. Level 2 activities help you put the basic concepts i  More...

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The 4-H Soil and Water Science curriculum in digital format (PDF) is for youth who enjoy learning about science and two important natural resources: soil and water Level 3 activities are divided into chapters based on  More...

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The Indian Creek watershed project focused on improving water quality in a small agricultural watershed in central Illinois. The project encouraged local landowners to voluntarily adopt conservation practices and systems  More...
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There is no single and universal answer to the question of how and when to apply P fertilizers. However, this publication does propose four basic P application management tips.

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Thank you for helping a 4-H member learn about Soil and Water Science as a project facilitator. This Facilitator's Guide answers the questions in the youth guides and suggests ways to facilitate the activities. It als  More...

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Thank you for helping a 4-H member learn about Soil and Water Science as a project facilitator. This Facilitator's Guide answers the questions in the youth guides and suggests ways to facilitate the activities. It als  More...

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Thank you for helping a 4-H member learn about Soil and Water Science as a project facilitator. This Facilitator's Guide answers the questions in the youth guides and suggests ways to facilitate the activities. It als  More...

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The 4-H Soil and Water Science curriculum is for youth who enjoy learning about science and two important natural resources: soil and water. Level 1 introduces basic terms and concepts. Activities focus on understandi  More...

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This 2-page PDF describes silage leachate, why it's important, and how you can deal with it. Silage leachate is liquid that seeps from silage storage structures. Because it is typically very high in nutrients that can ha  More...
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The quality of the water used to spray the product is one factor that doesn't get much attention for effective pesticide applications . Research clearly shows that the quality of water used for spraying can affect how pe  More...

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This publication discusses the Indiana regulations about abandoned wells, and the procedures that landowners must use to seal up different types of abandoned wells.  More...
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As plans for planting and getting into fields accelerate in spring, preparing ahead for manure application will help to streamline the process, insure proper nutrient application rates to support anticipated crop yields,  More...
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In parts of the United States where soils are very permeable, conventional septic tank and absorption field systems are considered the largest contributor to waterborne disease and pollution of water bodies. An economic  More...
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This publication traces the life and activity of an antibiotic from administration to an animal, to excretion in feces or urine, to application to soil as fertilizer, and finally to possible entry into and contamination  More...
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This 8-page publication answers 27 frequently asked questions about drainage water management for Midwest corn and soybean cropping systems. Drainage water management is one strategy to reduce the nitrate loads in draina  More...
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The Importance of Hardwood Tree Plantings publication provides a brief overview of several key societal and environmental attributes that hardwood plantations provide, for example, timber production, wildlife habitat, fo  More...
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This brochure tells you about stormwater runoff, why you should care about non-point source pollution, and how you can prevent non-point pollution.  More...
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This four-page publication describes in non-point source pollution and the simple things you can do to reduce polluted runoff. You'll learn about rain gardens, rain barrels, and porous building materials.  More...
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Monitoring nitrate nitrogen in field drainage tile outlets has important implications for water quality and efficient production agriculture. This publication provides some general guidelines for interpreting nitrate  More...

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During flooding, saturated soils can prevent septic systems from functioning properly and could lead to contaminated drinking water. This publication offers homeowners specific suggestions they can follow before, during,  More...
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This publication is available individually as a web only item. You can order a hard copy as a package listed under ID-312. ID-312 is a package of publications for ID-300 through ID-311.  More...
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This publication includes farmer tested monitoring methods for five soil quality indicators that affect field productivity and environmental quality. Methods covered include water infiltration rate, earthworm counts, soi  More...
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This publication focuses on alternative methods of handling wastewater for small communities and small groups of homes. It examines pretreatment and soil absorption rather that conventional large-diameter gravity sewers  More...
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This publication discusses the challenges of land application, reducing runoff, minimizing leaching, and developing a nutrient management plan. A table is included listing the steps to help maximize manure nutrient-us  More...

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This publication describes some important environmental concerns and offers management alternatives.

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This publication discusses what ground water is, its use and quality. Illustrations are included showing the Hydrologic Cycle and sources of ground water contamination, the distribution of average annual precipitation  More...
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This publication discusses why your water should be tested, which tests to do and when to do them.  More...
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This is a series of 12 publications (ID-300 through ID-311) that describe best environmental management practices for Farm Animal Production. The topics include: Land Application Records and Sampling; Emergency Action  More...

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Land use decisions are having significant impacts on our water and other natural resources in communities across the country. The potential negative impacts to our water and natural resources increase as the intensity  More...

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This publication is available individually as a web only item. You can order a hard copy as a package listed under ID-312. ID-312 is a package of publications for ID-300 through ID-311.  More...
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The use of barley straw for algae control has received a lot of publicity in recent years. It is now common to find small barley bales being sold in nurseries and garden shops for use in water gardens and small pools to  More...
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As the name implies, nonpoint source pollution cannot be attributed to any one source. Researchers have determined that polluted runoff is the number one cause of water pollution in the United States. This publication  More...

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This publication discusses why land is converted, local zoning policies and other government policies. It also includes information on tools for protecting agricultural land, reasons to protect agricultural land and s  More...

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Forests protect and purify water. Forest soils act like a huge sponge, capturing and filtering amazing quantities of rainfall. They slow runoff, preventing soil erosion and the resulting stream and lake sedimentation. Th  More...
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This publication helps farmers and agricultural specialists to conduct an environmental assessment of farmstead activities and potential risks to drinking water. Includes assessments for well water, septic system, fuel,  More...
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Impervious surfaces are a good indicator of the intensity of development and often contribute to nonpoint source pollution. This publication examines the problems posted by impervious surfaces and how to mitigate such  More...

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Using the Quick Check and the Action Plan included in this publication can help determine, and prevent, high risks for possible water contamination associated with pastured animal production. It also includes local organ  More...
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Oftentimes we overlook ways to conserve water in and around the home; however, it is important to try to conserve water as much as possible. This publication provides practical water-saving techniques for the home, and r  More...
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This publication provides guidance for the public water supply operators and local wellhead protection planning team members who will guide the completion of the contaminant source inventory. It explains the process of i  More...
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This publication offers some guidelines for water supply operators and wellhead protection planning teams who must hire a qualified ground water scientist to delineate a wellhead protection area.  More...
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This publication describes the fixed radius method to delineate a wellhead protection area, which may be an option for water supply systems that pump, on average, less than 100,000 gallons per day.  More...
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This publication describes some ways that the wellhead protection planning team can promote wellhead protection education in their communities. Education is only one part of wellhead protection planning.  More...
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This publication provides information for interpreting the drinking water quality report that customers of a public water system receive each year. It also covers types of contamination that can occur, treatment options,  More...
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This is a two-page quick check checklist that helps identify potential water contamination through farmstead activities. By checking yes or no to the questions it can help reveal if your farm has high or low risk areas.  More...
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This publication examines the causes of fish kills and what can be done to prevent them.  More...
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This publication describes general procedures for developing a constructed wetland for a single family residence. This guide is designed to be used with the diagrams included. It is intended for use by homeowners, regula  More...
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It features 11 programs, several of which are available only on CD-ROM: Chemical Contamination in Fish Update; Environmental Planning for Small Communities (TRILOGY); Environmental Assessment Case Study (ALASKA); Envi  More...

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This publication covers the health concerns of nitrate, ground water vulnerability to nitrate, well depth and construction, potential sources for nitrate contamination and treatment.

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This publication discusses what happens after application, pesticide properties, the application site, and putting it all together: the role of the applicator.  More...
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This bulletin discusses the effects of sulfur water, how to test for it and how to remove it.  More...
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This publication discusses what cryptosporidium is, the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and several questions pertaining to the disease.  More...
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Explains how coliform bacteria can enter water supplies and the possible effects of bacterial contamination. Testing and treatment guidelines are provided.  More...
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This eight-page publication entitled, "A Fish Farmer's Guide to Understanding Water Quality" discusses the importance of water quality and its physical characteristics. The chemical factors in water as well as dissolv  More...
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This publication presents information on water science, environmental fate, and public policy to assist the reader in developing an understanding of the issues surrounding pesticide use and water quality.  More...

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This publication discusses permits, pathogen control, toxic materials, biosolids testing, nutrient management, and record keeping.  More...
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This publication discusses the general procedures for taking a water sample.

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This publication discusses conservation tillage, the impact of agriculture on water quality, and the impact of conservation tillage on surface and ground water quality. Tables are included listing the effects of surfac  More...
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This publication discusses control of water pollution resulting from forestry activities, which involves a combination of prevention and reduction measures. These measures are built into the interrelated activities of  More...
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This publication discusses interrelated forestry activities, potential pollutants, and practices to prevent and reduce pollution.  More...
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This publication discusses lagoons and earthen pits, holding ponds, solid waste storage, composting, and location associated with animal agriculture's effect on water quality.

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This bulletin discusses possible water pollution problems from pasture and feedlot systems and the management practices needed to protect water supplies.  More...
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This publication discusses flood water retention, nutrient and sediment filtering, management practices to reduce runoff and leaching, ground water exchange, wildlife protection, and preserving wetland aquatic plants a  More...

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This publication discusses distillation, distillation units, operation, maintenance, cost, certification, and validation. An illustration is included showing the parts and process of a distiller.  More...
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This publication seeks to answer the commonly asked questions about terraces, including "What are the different types?," "How do they work?," "Where are they most effective (or ineffective)?," "What does it take to con  More...
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Runoff from open feedlots must be controlled so that it does not enter a stream. Settling basins and infiltration channels are simple, effective, economical means of runoff control. This publication discusses design, and  More...
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