agricultures affects on the watershedAgriculture and Water Quality

Common agriculture activities, such as tillage, fertilization and pesticide use have the potential to negatively impact water quality. However, there are many actions that farmer’s can take to reduce and minimize these impacts.

What can Farmers Do?

Farmers can learn more about water quality issues in the Macatawa Watershed and the impact of phosphorus and sediment on our surface water. Then by evaluating their farm and current practices, farmers can assess their risk and take proactive steps to protect water quality. The following pages provide additional information about conservation practices that can be used on the farm and programs that are currently available to assist farmers in the Macatawa Watershed.

Current Programs

Funded Conservation Practices