Effect of Best Management Practices on Water Quality in the Appoquinimink Watershed

by William F. Ritter, Univ of Delaware, Coll of, Agricultural Sciences, Newark, DE, USA,
Robert W. Lake, Univ of Delaware, Coll of, Agricultural Sciences, Newark, DE, USA,
Anastasia E. M. Chirnside, Univ of Delaware, Coll of, Agricultural Sciences, Newark, DE, USA,
Robert W. Scarborough, Univ of Delaware, Coll of, Agricultural Sciences, Newark, DE, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Development and Management Aspects of Irrigation and Drainage Systems

Abstract: As part of its 208 program related work, the Water Resources Agency for New Castle County, Delaware, has been involved in an agricultural nonpoint source pollution control program since 1977. In 1980, the Appoquinimink Rural Clean Water Project (RCWP) was one of thirteen projects approved in different areas of the country. The project is a cooperative effort involving New Castle County Water Resources Agency, ASCS, SCS, Delaware Cooperative Extension Service, University of Delaware College of Agricultural Sciences and New Castle County Conservation District. The project encompasses 30,700 ac (12,400 ha) of some of the best farmland in the State of Delaware. Surface waters in the watershed have been impacted by bacteria and nutrients in recent years.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Watersheds | Water pollution | Best Management Practice | Quality control | Water resources | Agriculture | Team building | Agricultural wastes | Irrigation water | Nonpoint pollution | North America | Delaware | United States

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