Pesticides Sub-Indicator

A pesticide is “any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest” (EPA 2014a). Classes of pesticides and [...]

Buffer Water Ag Metric

Buffer Zone Metric Buffer zones are areas that border water bodies and separate the water from, in this context, an agricultural operation. Buffer zones are constructed using [...]

Fertilizer and Water Quality Metric

Improper usage of fertilizer can pose serious threats to water quality due to its propensity of permeating into ground and surface water through runoff or simple leaching. [...]

Agriculture-Water Index Overview

There are 7 indicator metrics within the agricultural water section of the State Sustainability Report. A brief description of each agricultural metric is listed below with [...]

Non-Point Source Pollution Metric

In the Clean Water Act, the EPA defines point source pollution as follows: (14) The term “point source” means any discernible, confined and discrete conveyance, [...]

CAFO Agriculture Water Metric

CAFOs or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations are a practice in agriculture where large amounts of livestock – including everything from chickens to cows- are contained [...]

Agricultural Land Use Index

The way land is used and managed in agriculture can have a significant impact on water quality. Some of basic land use practices used in agriculture that impact water quality [...]
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