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Water Quality

Four factors influence groundwater vulnerability to pesticide contamination:

  1. Chemical properties of the pesticide
    • Low soil adsorption
    • Persistence
  2. Soil Types
    • Sandy or gravel texture
    • Low organic matter content
  3. Site Characteristics
    • Shallow water table
    • Sinkholes
    • Abandoned wells
  4. Management Practices
    • Improper chemical storage, handling, and use

Options for protecting surface water near application sites include:

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