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The Problem

Storm runoff, soil erosion, and fertilizer and pesticide pollutants from agricultural operations such as dairys, croplands, and pastures usually result from poor land management. Erosion and pollution problems also arise when livestock are allowed to roam in and around streams. The amount of pollutants depends on the type of farm and the conservation practices used by the farmer. Most NPS polltants from farms contain high levels of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus.

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Typical unprotected drainage ditch

BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

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Variety of BMP options to choose from

Agricultural conservation planning is the first and best BMP! Farm BMPs are designed to prevent sediments and nutrient from running off the land into the Codorus Creek. BMPs used to manage farm NPS pollution are:

* Nutrient management

* Integrated pest management

* Conservation tillage

* Cropping patterns

* Manure management

* Streambank fencing

* Stormwater management

* Riparian vegetative buffers

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