Water Resources

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The USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Long-Term Agroecosystem Research network consists of 18 Federal and university agricultural research sites with an average of over 50 years of history. The goal of this research network is to ensure sustained crop and livestock production and ecosystem services from agroecosystems, and to forecast and verify the effects of environmental trends, public policies, and emerging technologies.

GRACE Communications Foundation.

Gives an overview of the effects of agricultural activities on water quality. Topics include: pollution, ammonia and nitrates, pathogens, antibiotics, wells and groundwater, and conservation.

DOC. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Collates maps, tools, and information to help people prepare for and mitigate the effects of drought. Includes maps and links to data on the impacts of drought on agriculture.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Contains fact sheets, reports, guidance documents, manuals, and other resources on the agricultural activities that cause pollution in rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries, and ground water.

USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture; Colorado State University Libraries; The Agriculture Network Information Center (AgNIC).

Organizes resources on water conserving practices in agriculture across various climates and regions of the world, focusing mainly on the semi-arid and arid areas in the western United States.

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Links to websites and mobile applications containing soil survey, water, climate, air quality, energy, and other natural resources data relevant to agriculture.

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Contains datasets, summaries, and overviews on water allocation, water conservation, and water management issues in agriculture.