Water Initiative - American Farmland Trust

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Water Initiative

Working with the conservation community to find common-sense solutions that benefit the environment—and us all

Water quality is at risk in iconic waterways across America. Pollution comes from many sources, unfortunately including farm soil and nutrients—mainly nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizers and livestock manure— washing off farm fields into waterways, where they can cause problems like algae blooms, fish kills, and dead zones.

While runoff from agricultural fields plays a major role in the problem, AFT recognizes that farmers can be enthusiastic partners in the fight to keep our water clean. By optimizing their production decisions to build up soil health in their fields, farmers offer a win-win solution: increased economic gains for the business and improved water resource gains for the environment.

AFT's Role in Improving Water Resources

Water-Related Projects

Top photo courtesy of USDA NRCS