Linking compost use to clean water

soil-water connectionThe soil-water connection is a real one.  A healthy soil, rich in organic matter, has a dramatic impact on the reduction of runoff volumes. It also captures and degrades pollutants before they have an opportunity to foul ground and surface water.

In 1997, the U.S. Composting Council (USCC) published The Soil and Water Connection.  It’s an easy-to-use document that explains the connection of soil to water, as well as the fundamentals of composting.  In essence, it is The Farmer’s Almanac of the composting world. Since that time, public opinion has moved in a positive direction.  An increase in organics for environmental applications (as well as the results) can be seen.

The composting industry has also evolved in its techniques and the various ways in which compost can be applied. This makes now the perfect time for a second edition.  And the USCC has done just that. The Soil and Water Connection: A Watershed Manager’s Guide to Organics is an updated booklet.  It takes the original message and applies it to today’s world.

The first half of The Soil and Water Connection focuses on the environmental problems of soil degradation and water pollution.  This includes the harmful effects they are having on the environment.  What can compost applications do to change all that?

The publication explains just what compost is, its processes, and what makes it so valuable to soil and water. Finally, the guide describes what can be done to prevent problems and composting’s role going forward.

“With a very real concern and focus on improving soil health, McGill is proud to be a supporter of the U.S. Composting Council’s Research & Education Fund,” said Gary Gittere, compost sales and marketing manager at McGill. 

“That commitment led us to an opportunity for sponsoring the updated publication. We look forward to distributing this outstanding document to current and prospective partners.  It is a resource of over 25 years of research in the effective performance of compost in environmental applications.”

Buy The Soil and Water Connection from the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation store.