Your everyday actions and even your property affect water quality. No matter where you live, what you do on your property affects the health of nearby bodies of water.
But do not fret! There are many actions which you can take that positively impact water quality, and they just might save you money too.
Some simple, low-cost practices on a farm can make a big difference in water quality. A first step is completing a nutrient management plan, which can save you money in fertilizer application and help you strike a balance between crop yields and soil inputs. Watershed District staff can help you with the completion of a plan.
Some well-known practices can help you keep soil on your land. A grassed waterway is an example of a practice that is often effective in stopping soil loss and can turn persistently wet spots into consistently harvestable land. Contour farming and conservation tillage are also practices with minimal impact on yields, but measurable soil retention and water quality benefits. Cost share programs are available to help design and install management practices to prevent soil and nutrient loss and improve water quality. Check out our Cost Share page for more information.