Demonstration of Pesticide Best Management Practices for Controlling Nonpoint Source Pollution in the Monterey Bay Watershed

by Linda M. Fernandez, U.S. EPA, San Francisco, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a grant to the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments for the purpose of conducting a two year demonstration project addressing agricultural nonpoint source runoff into the Monterey Bay drainage area. Evidence of pesticide residues in sediment and living organisms indicate the impairment of beneficial uses supported by Monterey's near coastal waters. Best Management Practices for controlling pests are to be implemented on a commercial vegetable farm and tested for their effectiveness in controlling offsite transport of pesticide residues. The following report describes the project's progress midway through the two year duration of the project. The project can serve as a model for promoting cooperative efforts between agricultural producers and marine scientists in promoting technology transfer for water quality enhancement.

Subject Headings: Nonpoint pollution | Pesticides | Best Management Practice | Bays | Watersheds | Water quality | Water pollution | Runoff | California | United States

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