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Agricultural Runoff

Natural Resources and Agriculture

  1. Wesley M. Jarrell

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vaa011

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Jarrell, W. M. 2006. Agricultural Runoff. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 1.

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  1. Dynambio, LLC, WI, USA

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  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Agricultural runoff describes the water that moves across the land surface before it enters a permanent surface water body. The water originates as natural precipitation – rainfall or snow melt – or irrigation water. As the water moves across the landscape, it frequently picks up impurities and moves them into surface waters, especially where soils have been disturbed.