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Agricultural management measures are described in the U.S. EPA guidance document, National Management Measures to Control Nonpoint Pollution from Agriculture, 2003. This guidance document is intended to provide technical information to state program managers and others on the best available, economically achievable means of reducing NPS pollution of surface and ground water from agriculture. The guidance provides background information about agricultural NPS pollution, where it comes from, and how it enters the nation’s waters; discusses the broad concept of assessing and addressing water quality problems on a watershed level; and presents up-to-date technical information about how to reduce agricultural NPS pollution. Additionally, the Natural Resources Conservation Service has Field Office Technical Guides for agriculturally-focused BMPs, which are produced for each state.
The implementation of agricultural management measures will reduce the generation of NPS pollutants from agricultural activities and minimize the transport of pollutants from agricultural land to surface and ground waters.