Indiana Conservation Partnership


How Does Soil Affect Water Quality?

Conservation practices such as cover crops and no-till, improve the soil health and healthy soil is better able to act like a sponge and absorb more water during precipitation events. The greater the amount of water infiltrating into the soil, the less water available to run off a field. 

Streams & Shoreline Protection
Bank erosion causes sediment to wash into the stream. That sediment significantly impacts stream life, so protecting stream banks and shorelines with vegetation or rock prevents soil erosion and protects aquatic habitat.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources Drainage Handbook
NRCS Streambank and Shoreline Protection

Lakes and Natural Wetlands
Wetlands help clean up water before it enters rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater.

Soils in Indiana
Learn about soil characteristics and how soil quality affects the quality of water that contacts it.