Water Quality

When pollutants are introduced to our natural waters, quality suffers. Some of these impurities are a result of the following:

Agriculture
Farming induces the run-off of silt, pesticides, salt, and other non-point source pollutants.

Development (Commercial & Residential)
With growth comes encroachment of floodplains, levee construction, and run-off of silt and non-point source pollutants.

Mining (Off-Stream)
Water quality can be threatened from off-stream open pits and from nearby abandoned mines.

Sedimentation
Sediment build-up leads to shallower, slower, warmer streams and directly impacts egg incubation and survival. Sedimentation can result from cattle-grazing, logging, off-road vehicles or even heavy foot traffic.