Effects of Conservation Tillage on Runoff-Water Quality in the Arkansas Delta
Wayne E. Sabbe Arkansas Soil Fertility Studies , 2003

Harper, T.W., Daniel, T.C., Anders, M.M., Slaton, N.A.

Recent evaluations of surface-water quality in eastern Arkansas have identified a number of lakes and streams in the area that are impaired for one or more of their designated uses because of high turbidity (ADEQ, 2002). State agencies have determined the cause of the problem to be excessive soil erosion from agricultural fields. Traditional agricultural production practices leave the soil surface bare of vegetative cover most of the spring during which time the most intense rainstorms of the year occur (USGS, 2003). These conditions have proven to be a dangerous combination for producing surface-water runoff and erosion.