Protecting Your Water Resources
We all know there is a close relationship between agricultural production, soil moisture, crop and livestock water use, and water resources. As anyone who has tried to farm during a prolonged drought can testify, crop production depends on good management of soil moisture, whether from rain or supplemental irrigation. Livestock need clean water for healthy and productive growth. Yet, crop and livestock production can harm water quality unless good soil and water conservation practices are in use. Farmers and ranchers concerned with environmental degradation and climate change can find helpful recommendations in several ATTRA publications and resources prepared by agriculture specialists of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). These resources address water use, soil moisture management, water quality, energy and water conservation, created wetlands, water-use-efficient crops, and irrigation management.
Explore the many different publications to find helpful tips and progressive ways to protect your water resources.