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CENTRAL COAST FARMERS SAVE THE BAY, IMPROVE BOTTOM LINE

Farmers are implementing conservation practices to support the long-term health of the regionís watersheds. How does improving water quality lead to creating a stronger business? What is the connection between environmental stewardship and improved profit margins?


DIRTY WATER AND KELP FORESTS DONíT MIX

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary contains wetlands that are key to the vitality of the Sanctuaryís food chain. Erosion from surrounding land can destroy this sensitive marine habitat. How is agriculture protecting water quality to preserve the health of these wetlands and their inhabitants?


SURFING FARMERS CATCH WAVE OF WATERSHED PROTECTION

All along the Central Coast, farmers are enjoying the surf. Back on the land, theyíre working to protect the Monterey Bay Sanctuary. Meet farmers who understand that, from field to ocean, work and play are fully integrated when it comes to the environment.


OLD GENERATION PESTICIDES STILL POSE ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS

Many banned pesticides, like DDT, were once used extensively throughout central coast watersheds. These persistent pesticides remain in the soil and can move into the water bodies and tributaries surrounding the Sanctuary. Trace levels of DDT have been found in the tissue of sea otters in the Monterey Bay. What are the health risks to both marine and human life? What are farmers doing to prevent the problem?


CENTRAL COAST FARMS PLAY KEY ROLE IN REGIONíS WATER SUPPLY

What is the importance of maintaining agricultural use of land for the long-term health of central coast watersheds? Compared to paved urban areas, effectively managed agricultural lands capture storm runoff, help to recharge crucial aquifers and provide water for wildlife.


INNOVATIVE FARMING PROTECTS HEALTH OF COASTAL SLOUGHS AND BAYS

In 1999, over 46,673 tons of soil were prevented from entering the Elkhorn slough due to conservation management practices. In 2001, conservation management practices were installed on 58,722 acres in the six counties surrounding the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). How are the results of these practices impacting marine animals in the Monterey Bay?


CENTRAL COAST FARMERS, ENVIRONMENTALISTS WORK TOGETHER

Farmers and environmentalists are seeing that viable agriculture and environmental protection are by no means mutually exclusive. How are these two groups working together in an attempt to protect and improve water quality?