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USDA Launches Agricultural Water Quality Tool

10 May

Read the full story at Environmental Leader.

A new online tool developed by scientists at the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service can help farmers and ranchers understand the quality of water flowing off their fields.

The Water Quality Index for Agricultural Runoff (WQIag) — inspired by the Dow Jones Index — gives producers a complete picture of their water quality instead of focusing on just one aspect such as temperature, nutrients or pesticide content, says Shaun McKinney, NRCS national water quality and quantity team leader.

The tool is currently in the pilot phase, but NRCS engineers say they hope to eventually offer the WQIag as a free smartphone app.

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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Agriculture, Water, Web resources

 

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