Water Quality Protection Practices for Lakes, Ponds & Streams

photo of storm sewerNonpoint source or runoff pollution is harmful to the water quality of our lakes, ponds, and streams. Many of our daily activities contribute to runoff pollution leaving our property and harming our lakes, ponds, and streams. Water quality protection practices help to reduce runoff pollution and protect our water resources.

Extension provides the resources below to assist in these efforts, as well as more in-depth coverage of nonpoint source or runoff pollution and its prevention on the Lawns & LandscapesStormwater Management and Crop Production pages of this site.


UNL Extension Publications on Lakes, Ponds & Streams BMP's:

Targeting of Watershed Management: Practices for Water Quality Protection
A Heartland Regional Water Coordination Publication, RP195, *PDF (4.38 MB; 23 full color pages)

Pesticide Management for Water Quality Protection in the Midwest
A Heartland Regional Water Coordination Publication, MF-2822, *PDF (0.487 MB; 19 full color pages)

Agricultural Nitrogen Management for Water Quality Protection in the Midwest:  A Heartland Regional Water Coordination Publication, RP189,  PDF* (1.85 MB; 32 full color pages)

Agricultural Phosphorus Management and Water Quality Protection in the Midwest: A Heartland Regional Water Coordination Publication, RP187, PDF* (1.86 MB; 24 full color pages)

Planning Your Riparian Buffer: Design and Plant Selection, G1557
PDF version* (444 KB; 4 pages)

Installing Your Riparian Buffer: Tree and Grass Planting, Postplanting Care and Maintenance, G1558
PDF version* (700 KB; 4 pages)

Using Yard Waste Compost to Control Soil Erosion from Steep Slopes on Construction Sites, G1624
PDF version* (758 KB; 3 pages)

Douglas-Sarpy County Extension Lakes & Watersheds Publications:

Helping Protect Our Metro Lakes: Best Management Practices for Businesses*

Building Homes without Harming Lakes*

Caring for your Car Without Harming the Environment*

Household Non-point Source Pollution: What is it? What can I do about it?*

Land Development Without Harming Metro Lakes*

Lawn Tips: Caring for Your Lawn without Harming Metro Lakes*

Pollution Prevention- Lawn Care and Lakes*

Watershed Storm Drains Can Carry Pollutants to Lakes*

The Lake-Watershed Relationship*

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