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Give birds and other wild things a drink
I have a birdbath that I keep filled with water year-round. I’m rewarded with all kinds of birds coming to my back yard. Even squirrels enjoy a drink. Larger wildlife, such as deer, would also...
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Buy the best you can afford
When you need to get water from point-a-to-point-b, a good garden hose comes in handy. It can be tough to shop for a hose because there are so many choices. Denny Schrock is the Master Gardener...
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Farmers around the country are volunteering for a surface-water runoff study
The Natural Resources Conservation Service, or NRCS, wants to prove that voluntary conservation efforts by farmers are valuable to everyone. A project called “Edge of Field Monitoring”...
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The best defense against a flooded basement is a sump pump
When there’s a lot of rain, our sump pump gets a workout. When the water rises to a certain level in the sump pit, the pump kicks on and disperses the water away from the house.  If you...
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Under federal law, people have recreation rights on a stream or river running through your property
Several years ago I was canoeing on a river and nearly got hung up on barbed wire fences that were strung from bank-to-bank. The landowners probably put them there to keep cattle from going...
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Pay attention to water conditions and use common sense to avoid health risks
It feels good to take a cool dip in the pond on a hot day.  But there's always more to the water than meets the eye. Bob Broz is an extension water quality specialist at the University...
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Don't throw away those old farm machinery tires. Hook them up to a water supply, and you've got an excellent watering tank for livestock
Livestock need a continuous supply of fresh water, but many producers are concerned about the cost and durability of water tanks. Recycled machinery tires are heavy-duty, and the animals can't...
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You shouldn't have to hold your nose while drinking a glass of water
Radio interview source: Karen Mancl, Water Quality Specialist, Ohio State University   Listen to the radio mp3 or read below If your water smells like rotten eggs every time you turn on the...
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Keep watering if the weather allows
Water is the single most important resource for tree survival and growth. Bob Atchison with the Kansas Forest Service says more than 80% of variation in tree growth is related to water supply...
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Tap into a natural spring on your property to provide water for livestock. Spring-fed systems are a dependable supply of high-quality water year-round.
Radio interview source: Jeff Bettinger, District Conservationist, NRCS Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below   Springs help keep water level constant and your...

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