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Mitigating Agricultural Pollution of Fresh Water and Combating Climate Change by Restoring Soil Health Through Conservation and Organic Agricultural Practices

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

Conventional agricultural activities (plowing, disking, synthetic fertilizer use, widespread pesticide application) have contributed to poor soil health, reduced rainfall infiltration and storage, increased stormwater runoff and export of sediment, nutrients, pesticides, and other pollutants from farm fields which have significantly degraded surface and groundwater systems, and released massive amounts of carbon dioxide from soil to the atmosphere. Therefore, developing farming practices that restore soil health and reduce runoff is vital to improving water quality and promoting carbon sequestration in soils. This project evaluates water quality and soil health impacts of new approaches to agriculture, including no-till seed placement, multi-species continuous cover cropping, and elimination of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides (in particular, neonicotinoids).

Funded by: Foundation Prince Albert II De Monaco

Principal Investigators: Melinda D. Daniels, Jinjun Kan, Diana Oviedo-Vargas, Marc Peipoch

Project Year: 2019