A number of stewardship practices are available which will help to reduce the risk of groundwater contamination. Some of the practices will be described on this web page. For more information contact your local Conservation District or Michigan State University Extension Office.
Spill kits are containers filled with items to protect and aid you during the clean-up and/or containment of a pesticide spill. Goggles, gloves, boot covers, and protective suits made of special materials can protect you from contact with the pesticides, while brooms, shovels, absorbent material, and plastic sheeting can aid you in the containment and/or clean-up of the spill.
Cover crops not only reduce topsoil erosion and improve soil structure, they recycle nutrients that otherwise might leach out of the soil profile. These excess nutrients have the potential to pllute groundwater or local streams and ponds if not captured in the cover crop. Once captured, they can then be avialablefor the next crop rotation.
A liquid tank unit complete with running gear, transfer pump, engine, and discharge hose provides a pesticide applicator with the right equipment to transport clean water to the field. This water supply can then be pumped directly into the sprayer unit with chemical mixing occurring in the field and at different locations each time. This practice is a desirable alternative to mixing and loading pesticides at the farmstead wellhead, where spills occur near the wellhead and at the same location year after year.
It is preferable to have a separate, dedicated building for pesticide storage. Portable storage units or an enclosed trailer can be modified and used for seasonal pesticide storage. The location of the storage facility, planning for security, proper ventilation, and providing containment of any potential spill are all esential factors in developing a pesticide storage facility.
PERMANENT MIX/LOAD PAD
A protable mix/load pad is essential for the applicator who must mix and load pesticides at several different locations. Portable pads are relatively low-cost and are very durable. They contain a spill until it can be cleaned up. They are easily cleaned and can be rolled up for transport to another location or to be stored until next season.
For more information contact:
Chippewa/Luce/Mackinac Conservation District
This page last updated on 10/3/2017.