Agricultural Water Contamination

By: Maddie Miller

Overview

Over the years, there have been many innovations to farming. These new methods can help increase crop production. Although it has benefits, it is shown that there has been an increase in water pollution

We NEED clean water to live, so we need to take steps to prevent water contamination

The Source

Agricultural activities that cause non point source pollution include:

  • Poorly managed animal feeding operations
  • Overgrazing
  • Overworking the land (for example, plowing too often)
  • Poorly managed and ineffective application of pesticides, irrigation water, and fertilizer

The Effects

Agricultural water contamination effects many things such as Crop production,Worker Hygiene, Animal Health and Food Processing.

How Runoff is such a big cause of water contamination

As the runoff moves, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants, finally depositing them into watersheds via lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters, and even our underground sources of drinking water