Central Coast Watershed Studies Team

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Demonstrating Compatibility of Water Quality and Food Safety, through Research and Implementation

A CCoWS project for the State Water Resources Control Board Central Coast Water Quality Coalition

Proposed start 2008, 2 year study

Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) on and adjacent to farms are designed to increase the functional ability of agricultural drainage ditches and riparian buffers to filter and assimilate nutrients and chemicals prior contact with a river or stream. Such BMPs include grassed waterways, hedgerows, riparian buffers, and vegetative/wetland treatment systems. The presence of wildlife and non-crop vegetation on, adjacent to, or near the farm, however, is identified as a potential risk factor for microbial and vertebrate contamination ("Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Lettuce and Leafy Greens Supply Chain" April 25, 2006).

The final outcomes include management practices to promote food safety and high water quality.



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