Evaluation and modeling of nonpoint source pollution using GIS techniques

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1993
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Liao, Hsiu-Hua
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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Since 1905, the Department of Agricultural Engineering, now the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE), has been a leader in providing engineering solutions to agricultural problems in the United States and the world. The department’s original mission was to mechanize agriculture. That mission has evolved to encompass a global view of the entire food production system–the wise management of natural resources in the production, processing, storage, handling, and use of food fiber and other biological products.

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In 1905 Agricultural Engineering was recognized as a subdivision of the Department of Agronomy, and in 1907 it was recognized as a unique department. It was renamed the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in 1990. The department merged with the Department of Industrial Education and Technology in 2004.

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1905–present

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  • Department of Agricultural Engineering (1907–1990)

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Agriculture has been identified as the largest contributor of nonpoint source pollution of surface and ground water systems in the United States. In a 1986 Report to Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) noted that routine agricultural activities is responsible for over 60% of the surface water pollution problems nationwide (EPA, 1990). Accelerated erosion of productive land, nutrients (primarily, nitrogen and phosphorus) and pesticide loading from agricultural runoff, and pathogens from feedlots and urban runoff and sewage are the primary causes of surface water quality impairments.

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