Water quality is at risk in iconic waterways across America, from the Puget Sound in the Northwest to New York's Long Island Sound.
The pollution comes from many sources. Industrial smokestacks. Waste treatment plants. Urban run-off.
Pesticides and plant nutrients – mainly nitrogen and phosphorus – also wash off farm fields into waterways, where they can cause problems like algae blooms and dead zones.
While run-off from agricultural fields plays a major role in the problem, many farmers are enthusiastic partners in the fight to keep our water clean.
That's why American Farmland Trust is working hand-in-hand with farmers and ranchers on common sense solutions that benefit the environment – and us all.