Title

Dealing with Agricultural Runoff in Washington State

Presenter Information

Case Hinkins

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

This is an examination of the problem of agricultural runoff such as chemicals and, in particular, nitrates and phosphates, and how they react with the natural water way of the Yakima River. Nitrates and phosphates have the ability to completely decimate a river system by eutrophication which results in hypoxic conditions. This project will explore various policies and statutes that can be implemented to drastically reduce the amount of harmful runoff as well as explore the different biological and chemical problems that are associated with non point agricultural pollution. The Yakima River is extremely susceptible due to the intense amounts of irrigation water that is drawn from it, and put back in, coupled with multiple dairies along its banks. Action must be taken to prevent complete destruction of the ecosystem.

Poster Number

32

Faculty Mentor(s)

Rex Wirth

Additional Mentoring Department

Political Science

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Dealing with Agricultural Runoff in Washington State

SURC Ballroom C/D

This is an examination of the problem of agricultural runoff such as chemicals and, in particular, nitrates and phosphates, and how they react with the natural water way of the Yakima River. Nitrates and phosphates have the ability to completely decimate a river system by eutrophication which results in hypoxic conditions. This project will explore various policies and statutes that can be implemented to drastically reduce the amount of harmful runoff as well as explore the different biological and chemical problems that are associated with non point agricultural pollution. The Yakima River is extremely susceptible due to the intense amounts of irrigation water that is drawn from it, and put back in, coupled with multiple dairies along its banks. Action must be taken to prevent complete destruction of the ecosystem.