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Filter Strip

A filter strip located between crop fields

Practice Code: 393
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

A filter strip is a strip of grass, trees, or shrubs that filters or cleans runoff and remove contaminants before they reach water bodies or water sources, such as wells.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Improves farm aesthetics
  • Vegetative cover can reduce the runoff of nutrients and other pollutants that impact water quality
  • Reduces soil erosion by providing a permanent vegetative cover to the land

Ground Disturbing Potential of Conservation Practices

This is a potential ground disturbing conservation practice. Any project with ground disturbing or potential ground disturbing practices planned may need to be submitted for review by the State Historic Preservation Officer and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. Please see the Cultural Resources Review Process Flowchart for an outline of this process. View a list of conservation practices used in New York State, and their ground disturbing potential.   

Conservation Practice Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide web site.


Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

Access Control
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Nutrient Management
Riparian Herbaceous Cover
Waste Recycling

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forest land, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.


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