Water Protection

All Nebraskans are stakeholders when it comes to the well-being of the state's water resources. When using pesticides, you have a responsibility to keep Nebraska's water clean and safe for all to use. Dutiful handling, transportation, application, storage, and disposal of pesticides is essential in preventing water contamination. Our list of pesticide safety publications includes a number of topics that can help you accomplish this.

Groundwater Vulnerability Map

ground water vulnerability map

Historical detections of four corn herbicides in ground water compared to relative ground water vulnerability (alachlor, atrazine, metolachlor, and simazine). Data are from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Conservation Services Division (CSD) (1999) and Nebraska (2000).
References:

Nebraska Conservation and Survey Division. 1999. Pesticides and Groundwater: An Applicator's Map and Guide to Prevent Groundwater Contamination.  

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Leaching and Runoff

Reading a pesticide's label is the first defense against leaching and runoff, which lead to the contamination of watersheds. The label is a legal document that provides specific information and instructions that will help avoid these issues. Learn more about understanding a pesticide label from Nebraska Extension.