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Water Quality Protection and Improvement

Water quality protection and improvement includes measures installed for the primary purpose of reducing water quality impairments by trapping or reducing pollutants primarily from agricultural sources.

Examples of water quality protection and improvement practices:

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picture of livestock exclusion fence

picture of cows at watering trough

 Fencing and water distribution systems for livestock

picture hog wastel agoon

picture of stack house

 Animal waste management systems



 Sediment control and land stabilization measures

countour farming picture

picture of terraces on slope

 Contour farming and terracing

picture of no till cotton

picture of no till practice on peanut farm

 Residue management

aerial view of grassed waterways

picture of a grassed waterway

 Grassed waterways

picture of filter strip

aerial view of filter strip

 Filter strips

picture of streambank revetment

picture of streambank stabilization using rock and willows

 Streambank stabilization

picture of people with riparian buffer sign

picture of forested riparian buffer

 Riparian buffers

picture of river crossing

picture of a stream crossing

 Stream crossings

picture of rock cross vane structure in a stream

picture of trees planted in riparian area

 Stream habitat improvement and management

wetland picture

picture of an egret in a wetland

 Wetland enhancement, restoration, and creation