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Water affects every facet of our lives, from drinking supplies to recreation. Its quality determines how and if it can be used.

A recent assessment from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment found many Kansas streams to be impaired by pollutants such as fecal coliform bacteria, herbicides, nitrogen, phosphorus and/or sediments. Pollutants come from a variety of sources including: substances discharged from factories, runoff from agricultural land or storm drains and yards in urban areas.

A number of practices are recognized to preserve or improve water quality including riparian buffer strips, reduced pesticide/herbicide use, vegetative filter strips, reduced tillage, fertilizer placement, pesticide timing.

K-State faculty develops and evaluates new practices and techniques and develop and implement extension programs to assist Kansas citizens in maintaining and improving water quality.