Join the many landowners who are protecting water quality
Historically, Washington State, under its Clean Water Act authority, has placed much attention on pollution coming out of point sources such as sewage treatment plants, factories, and urban stormwater runoff.
While we’ve made progress in reducing these types of water pollution, a growing body of evidence shows that nonpoint pollution, including runoff from agricultural lands, also threatens our receiving waters and our underground water supplies. Polluted runoff also threatens salmon habitat, drinking water, and shellfish that rely on clean, cold water.
There are many good reasons to protect our clean water. The goal of this website is to provide helpful information that benefits clean water.
Washington currently has more than 2,000 polluted water listings for waters adjacent to agricultural lands. More about causes of pollution…
Clark Miller, farmer, rancher and member of the Palouse-Rock Lake Conservation District Board of Supervisors, describes work done at his farm to fence animals away from the creek.
Agricultural-related water quality risks can be classified into
three broad categories.
Best management practices are helping protect and restore clean water on agricultural lands. More about how landowner practices can protect clean water…
Improved agency coordination, use of regulations, and
financial assistance are helping protect and restore clean water
on agricultural lands.
Find links to helpful web sites. More about other resources to protect clean water…
There are significant state and federal funds available to address nonpoint pollution problems. More…
Agreement is step forward on pollution in water wells (Yakima Herald-Republic editorial,March 17, 2013)
Ecology news: Director Bellon statement on EPA settlements with Lower Yakima Valley dairies (March 6, 2013)
Five Valley dairies agree to reduce nitrate levels (The Yakima Herald, March 6, 2013)
Levels of several pesticides declining in salmon-bearing streams (WA Dept. of Agriculture news release, March 5,2013)
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