New USGS Study Follows Phosphorus from Farm to Stream

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A new study published by the U.S. Geological Survey examines the movement of phosphorus in soil and groundwater of farm settings in five states—Washington, California, Nebraska, Indiana, and Maryland.

The report was created as part of the National Water-Quality Assessment Program, Agricultural Chemicals Team (ACT) and assesses the impact of various farming practices on phosphorus movement. The results of the study show that phosphorus can be absorbed into soil and groundwater systems and the authors provide several solutions for protecting downstream water bodies. This information can be used to create best management practices to limit the transport of phosphorus from agricultural fields in the future.

To access the full report, click here.

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