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The health of our water: Toward sustainable agriculture in Canada

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dc.contributor.editor Coote, D. R.
dc.contributor.editor Gregorich, L. J.
dc.coverage.spatial Canada 2019-02-19T16:02:17Z 2019-02-19T16:02:17Z 2000 2000
dc.description.abstract Sustainable agriculture cannot be achieved without the wise stewardship of our water resources. This document summarizes what is currently known about the state of water resources in the agricultural areas of Canada. It does so by: 1. describing water resources in rural areas and the way in which they are used, 2. considering the concepts that underlie the assessment of water quality, and then examining the quality of surface water and groundwater in relation to agricultural activities, 3. discussing the major water-related ecological issues that have resulted from the co-existence of agriculture and natural ecosystems in the rural environment, 4. looking at ways in which the availability and quality of water can be optimized for the various competing users, 5. explaining ways in which excess water can be managed to improve drainage and minimize flooding, and 6. discussing the limitations that water availability and quality place on the expansion of agricultural and other development in rural areas.
dc.format pdf
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
dc.relation.ispartofseries Publication 2020/E
dc.rights In Copyright - Non-Commercial Use Permitted
dc.subject agriculture
dc.subject water
dc.subject rural water resources
dc.subject water use
dc.subject water quality
dc.subject surface water quality
dc.subject ecological issues
dc.subject management
dc.subject policy
dc.title The health of our water: Toward sustainable agriculture in Canada
dc.type Report
dc.rights.holder Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada
dc.contributor.affiliation Research Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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