Water Quality Depends on Farmer’s Willingness Not Regulations

On the national level, the Federal Clean Water Act regulates pollution flowing out of pipes, known as point source pollution. But contaminants flowing off of farm fields — non-point source pollution — are exempt from regulations. With little authority to compel farmers to adopt clean water practices, state and federal agencies rely on a voluntary approach. As a result, farming practices can be dramatically different from one field to the next.

Read more at http://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/17/water-buffalo-red-river-agriculture-erosion

 


Cover Crops Prevent Erosion

After all the rain we’ve had…Sauvie Island Organics reports that the cover crops they planted kept their soil and plants in place through it all!  And that wasIMG_1540 17 inches of rain since December first!