Protecting Louisiana's Waters using Best Management Practices

Ronald Levy  |  3/6/2018 8:30:18 PM

Most of the water in Louisiana rivers and lakes comes from rainfall runoff. As this runoff travels across the soil surface, it carries with it soil particles, organic matter and nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus. Excessive amounts of these materials entering surface or groundwater are called nonpoint source pollutants. Agricultural activities contribute to the amount of nonpoint source pollutants entering streams, lakes, estuaries and groundwater. Runoff from urban areas also contributes to nonpoint source pollution problems. The same technology that helps feed the world has brought increasing pressures on our natural resources. The solutions to controlling runoff will require the efforts of agricultural producers, landowners, government and private organizations

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