Purdue Extension Water Quality
Publications

Agriculture and Water Quality Homes and Water Quality
Communities and Water Quality Youth and Water Quality

Agriculture and Water Quality

Purdue Extension works with farmers to provide current information on environmentally and economically sound production. The following are some of the most asked-for publications. Many others are also available.

  • Agriculture's Effect on Water Quality: Key Management Issues (WQ-17) html

Risk Assessments for Farmers
The Indiana Farm Assessment Program is a voluntary, confidential self-assessment of potential risks to the environment from farmstead, animal, and field activities.

Farmstead

  • Indiana Farmstead Assessment (WQ-22). (This link takes you to the home page of Indiana Farmstead Assessment, where links can be found to all worksheets)
  • Indiana Farmstead Assessment for Drinking Water Protection - Basic Questions (WQ-32) pdf

Crop Agriculture

  • Field Assessment for Water Resource Protection (WQ-42) pdf
  • On-Farm Soil Monitoring for Water Resource Protection (WQ-43) pdf
  • Vegetated Filter Strips for Improved Water Quality (AY-285) pdf
  • Land Application of Municipal and Industrial Biosolids (WQ-18) html
  • Pesticides and the Environment (WQ-19) html
  • Pesticides and Water Quality (PPP-35) html
  • Conservation Tillage and Water Quality (WQ-20) html
  • What is Conservation Tillage? (CT-1) html

Animal Agriculture

  • Pasture Assessment for Water Resource Protection (WQ-39) pdf
  • Livestock Confinement Assessment for Water Resource Protection (WQ-40) pdf
  • Animal Agriculture's Effect on Water Quality:
  • Pastures and Feedlots (WQ-7) html
  • Waste Storage (WQ-8) html
  • Manure Application (WQ-16) html
  • Water Quality for Animals (WQ-9) html

Ponds and Fish

Homeowners and Water Quality

Purdue Extension provides information and assistance to homeowners, particularly rural homeowners who may have a private well or septic system. Popular publications include:

Drinking Water Quality Concerns

  • Water Testing Laboratories (WQ-1) html / pdf
  • How to Take a Water Sample (WQ-3) html
  • How and Why to Test Home Water Supplies (WQ-4)
    html / pdf
  • Interpreting Water Test Results: Inorganic Materials (WQ-5) html
  • Water Quality for Animals (WQ-9) html
  • Sulfur Water Control (Rotten Egg Odor) (WQ-11) html
  • Bacterial Contamination of Household Water (WQ-15) html
  • Cryptosporidium: A Waterborne Pathogen (WQ-23)
    html / pdf
  • Lead in Drinking Water (WQ-27) pdf
  • Nitrate and Indiana's Ground Water (WQ-27) pdf
  • Drinking Water Quality Reports: Your Right To Know (WQ-33) pdf

Drinking Water Treatment

  • Buying Home Water Treatment Equipment (WQ-6) html
  • Sulfur Water Control (WQ-11) html
  • Distillation for Home Water Treatment (WQ-12) html
  • Home Water Treatment Using Activated Carbon (WQ-13) html
  • Reverse Osmosis for Home Treatment of Drinking Water (WQ-14) html

Home Environment

  • Home*A*Syst: An Environmental Risk-Assessment Guide for the Home (116 pages)(WQ-25, $5.00) To order a copy.
  • Water Conservation in the Home (WQ-34) html / pdf

Septic Systems

  • Operating and Maintaining the Home Septic System (ID-142) html / pdf
  • Construction Guidelines for Conventional Septic Systems  (ID-170) html
  • Steps in Constructing a Mound (Bed-Type) Septic System  (ID-163) html
  • Steps in Constructing a Pressure Distribution Septic System  (ID-164) html
  • Individual Residence Wastewater Wetland Construction in Indiana (ID-220) pdf

    Septic System Failure (HENV-1-W) pdf

    Increasing the Longevity of Your Septic System (HENV-2-W) pdf

    High Water Tables and Septic System Perimeter Drains (RW-1-W) pdf

Communities and Water Quality

Many decisions affecting water quality are made at the community level. Purdue Extension Educators participate in community decision-making through the Plan Commission and other county or community programs. Your Purdue Extension Educator can also provide information on agencies that are working on water quality in your community or county.

Wellhead Protection for Communities

  • Wellhead Protection in Indiana (WQ24) html / pdf
  • Forming the Wellhead Protection Planning Team (WQ-28) html / pdf
  • A Shortcut to Wellhead Protection Delineation for Some Systems (WQ-29) html / pdf
  • Choosing a Consultant to Delineate the Wellhead Protection Area (WQ-30) html / pdf
  • Inventorying Potential Sources of Drinking Water Contamination (WQ-31) html / pdf
  • Effective Wellhead Protection through Education (WQ-35) pdf
  • Management Options for Wellhead Protection (WQ-37)
    To order a copy.

Septic systems

One of the important ways to protect your community's water is to make sure your septic system is functioning properly. Purdue Extension publications on septic systems include:

  • Small Community Wastewater Cluster Systems (ID-265-W) pdf
  • Operating and Maintaining the Home Septic System (ID-142) html / pdf
  • Construction Guidelines for Conventional Septic Systems  (ID-170) html
  • Steps in Constructing a Mound (Bed-Type) Septic System  (ID-163) html
  • Steps in Constructing a Pressure Distribution Septic System  (ID-164) html
  • Individual Residence Wastewater Wetland Construction in Indiana (ID-220) pdf

    Septic System Failure (HENV-1-W) pdf

    Increasing the Longevity of Your Septic System (HENV-2-W) pdf

    High Water Tables and Septic System Perimeter Drains (RW-1-W) pdf

Watershed Connections: Water Resources of Indiana Counties

  • Allen County Water Resources (WAT-11) pdf
  • Boone County Water Resources (WAT-5) pdf
  • Clinton County Water Resources (WAT-4) pdf
  • LaPorte County Water Resources (WAT-3) html
  • Pike County Water Resources (WAT-6) pdf
  • Porter County Water Resources (WAT-7) pdf
  • Warren County Water Resources (WAT-8) pdf

Land Use and Water Quality

  • Land Use and Water Quality (ID-230) html / pdf

Planning with POWER (Protecting Our Water and Environmental Resources)

  • Protecting Our Water and Environmental Resources (ID-255)
    html / pdf
  • Nonpoint Source Pollution: A Threat to Our Waters (ID-256)
    html / pdf
  • Impacts of Development on Waterways (ID-257) html / pdf
  • Strategies for Coping with Runoff (ID-258) html / pdf
  • How to Get Started:  Protecting Your Community from Polluted Runoff (ID-259) html / pdf

Water Quality Issues

  • E.coli in surface and ground water (AI-1) pdf
  • Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) in Indiana (AI-5) pdf
  • Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico: A Reason to Improve Nitrogen Management (AI-6) pdf

Youth and Water Quality

    4-H Soil and Water Conservation Project Manuals:

    Indiana's Water Riches (4-H-882) To order a copy.

    Indiana Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)
    To order a copy.

    Splish-Splash the Water Drop (WQ-100) html

    The Adventures of Peter Ped: A Ped of Soil (AY-273)
    To order a copy.


    The Farmstead, Field, and Home Assessment Programs can be used in youth education of agriculture and water quality issues.

Other

Wetlands, Regulations and You: What Every Indiana Farmer Needs to Know (FNR-171) pdf

Forestry and Water Quality: Pollution Control Practices (FNR-88) html

Criteria for Evaluating Forestry Activities in Relation to Water Quality Management (FNR-89) html

 

 
 
 
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