Pathways to Better Water Quality

  • Lois Wright MortonEmail author
  • Susan S. Brown


Nonpoint source pollutants are the number one cause of impaired waters in the United States. In many regions, agriculture contributes excessive nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment to creeks, rivers and lakes creating unintended and severe negative consequences to our water bodies. Solutions to nonpoint source agricultural pollution must reach beyond ecological science and technical intervention to engage citizens and activate the public will to invest personal and public resources. In this introduction, we offer an overview of the theoretical pathways and scientific evidence chapters that follow.


Watershed Management Total Maximum Daily Load Public Sociology Citizen Involvement Watershed Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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