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Nonpoint Pollution from Agriculture

Join the many landowners who are protecting water quality

Clean water and a strong agricultural economy are not mutually exclusive. They can coexist, hand-in-hand, and each benefits the other.

We have a long and strong history working in partnership with the agricultural community. Together we can find on-the-ground approaches that preserve agricultural lands and achieve clean water.

Agriculture and Water Quality Advisory Committee

We are reaching out to expand upon and improve our working relationships with agricultural landowners and livestock producers. The aim is to provide an open forum for dialogue ensuring both water quality protection and a healthy agricultural industry.

Landowner Practices Can Protect Clean Water

Best management practices are helping protect and restore clean water on agricultural lands.

Watershed Surveys

Watershed surveys are evaluation tools that help us assess the health of streams and identify "nonpoint" pollution - the leading cause of water quality problems in Washington State.

Farmed Smart Partnership

Farmed Smart is a voluntary program for growing dryland crops in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.

Agricultural-related water quality risks

Agricultural-related water quality risks can be classified into three broad categories.

Landowner Practices Can Cause Pollution

Washington currently has more than 2,000 polluted water listings for waters adjacent to agricultural lands.

Restoring Riparian Areas in the Palouse Region

Other Efforts to Protect Clean Water

Improved agency coordination, use of regulations, and financial assistance are helping protect and restore clean water on agricultural lands.

Financial Assistance

There are significant state and federal funds available to address nonpoint pollution problems.

Additional Resources



Voluntary Clean Water Guidance for Agriculture - Advisory group

Clean Water and Livestock Operations: Assessing Risks to Water Quality

Clean water on agricultural lands: Staff in eastern Washington take to the field this spring - January 23, 2015

Working together in Whatcom County - March 10, 2014

Agriculture: Cornerstone of Washington’s economy

Reporting Complaints