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'App' to help growers test their impact on water quality


DAVIS, Calif. -- Tree crop growers have been given a new tool to help them assess the impacts their practices may have on water quality.



The University of California Cooperative Extension has developed an iPad application called "Know Your H2O," which provides growers with best-practices advice based on how they answer a series of questions about their operation.



Although there are many sources of water pollution, runoff from farms may contain contaminant levels that exceed water quality standards, the UC's Agricultural Water Quality Research and Education Program explains in a news release. The app tells growers how to prevent runoff, which carries such pollutants as fertilizers, salts, pesticides and sediments.



For growers who don't have an iPad, the self-assessments can be printed off the website at http://ucanr.org/sites/agwaterquality/files/121819.pdf . For information, visit http://ucanr.edu/sites/agwaterquality/Grower_Resources .



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