Water Quality vs. Economic Stability: Conflict or Opportunity?
Ford, James W.
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Through the 1800's and until the mid 1900's, farming was the major and only significant industry in many areas of rural North Georgia. The soil nutrients were depleted as the highly erodible fields were intensely farmed. As a result, many farmers sought income alternatives to crop production. Poultry, dairy, beef, and pork production became increasingly important agricultural enterprises. The economic impact of these industries and their potential impact on water quality will be addressed in this presentation. Opportunities and actions to reduce water quality conflicts will also be emphasized.