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Agriculture's Role for clean Water

Children fishing in a lakeWater quality is a major concern across the country. It is estimated two-thirds of coastal waterways are degraded. While there are many threats to water quality including electric power, manufacturing, waste treatment emissions and storm water drainage, changes in agricultural practices are among the most cost-effective ways to improve water quality and reduce pollution.

As we lose more farmland to sprawl and paved surfaces from parking lots and roadways, water pollution increases. The time to act is now to improve and protect our nation's water quality.

AFT's Water Quality Campaign

There are proven conservation practices—called best management practices—that many farmers utilize to help improve water quality. However, there are barriers to universal adoption including cost, concern about loss of yield, lack of technical assistance and a lack of economic incentives.

Farmers want to be good stewards of the land, but they need policies and programs that help them produce environmental benefits and reward them when they do. We are working to overcome barriers and enhance farm income with our water quality campaign by:

By working with agriculture leaders to develop legislative solutions that support on-the-ground programs and encourage the widespread adoption of conservation practices, we can make significant progress toward improving our nation’s water quality while enhancing biodiversity, maintaining rural communities and stabilizing farmer income.

American Farmland Trust