atrazine http://kbia.org en Field to tap: The impact of farm runoff on drinking water http://kbia.org/post/field-tap-impact-farm-runoff-drinking-water <p>It doesn’t come as a major surprise that agricultural runoff is doing more harm than good to the environment. Agriculture is the nation’s leading cause of impaired water quality, according to the <a href="http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/outreach/point1.cfm" style="line-height: 1.538em;">U.S. Environmental Protection Agency</a>. Storms move pesticides, nutrients and sediment from farmers’ fields to nearby waterways. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 38523 at http://kbia.org Field to tap: The impact of farm runoff on drinking water Why does the water taste so funny in Columbia? http://kbia.org/post/why-does-water-taste-so-funny-columbia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Actually we think it's pretty ok. But some people can't stand it! CoMo Explained investigates with guest host </span><a href="http://www.kbia.org/people/abbie-fentress-swanson">Abbie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Fentress</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.kbia.org/people/abbie-fentress-swanson"> Swanson</a>:</span></p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:55:03 +0000 Scott Pham 37222 at http://kbia.org Why does the water taste so funny in Columbia? What Is Farm Runoff Doing To The Water? Scientists Wade In http://kbia.org/post/what-farm-runoff-doing-water-scientists-wade America's hugely productive food system is one of its success stories. The nation will export a projected $139.5 billion in agricultural products this fiscal year alone. It's an industry that supports "more than 1 million jobs," according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.<p>But all that productivity has taken a toll on the environment, especially rivers and lakes: Agriculture is the nation's leading cause of impaired water quality, according to the <a href="http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/outreach/point1.cfm">U.S. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 21:53:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 36556 at http://kbia.org What Is Farm Runoff Doing To The Water? Scientists Wade In Scientists check Corn Belt waters for effects of ag runoff http://kbia.org/post/scientists-check-corn-belt-waters-effects-ag-runoff <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Eleven miles northeast of Centralia, Mo., five U.S. Geological Survey scientists don waders and bright reflective life jackets to wade into </span>Goodwater<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Creek. Plenty of fish live in the stream’s murky slow-moving waters, along with snakes, crayfish, mussels and snapping turtles. On this overcast morning, the team collects water samples and checks submerged cages of </span>fathead<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> minnows for eggs.</span></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:13:44 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 35608 at http://kbia.org Scientists check Corn Belt waters for effects of ag runoff