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Background and Overview
Reasons for Change
Preventing Pollution
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Laboratory Self-Audit and Preferred Practices
Using these on-line guides will help educators who manage teaching laboratories examine how they cur...

Managing Nonpoint Source Pollution from Agricultur...
Nonpoint source (NPS) pollution from agricultural activities is the leading source of impairment to ...

Small Business Waste Reduction Guide
Overview, tip sheets, case studies, checklists and regulations pertaining to many teaching lab activ...

Source Water Protection Practices Bulletins
A series of fact sheets on best management practices (BMPs) for activities that are likely to impact...

Using Solvents Safely
Describes safe work methods, health concerns, solvent management approaches and gives references.

Agricultural Teaching Labs - Operations Links

These resources give more detailed information about the concepts presented in this section. There are 30 links in this section.

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Article/report: 11
Case study/success story: 1
Fact sheet/checklist: 8
Manual/handbook/curriculum: 9
Web site: 1

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Abrasive Blasting [PDF]
Abstract: Report on sand and other abrasive blasting. Includes process descriptions, dust control techniques and emission evaluations.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ttnchie1/ap42/ch13/bgdocs/b13s02-6.pdf

Arc Welding Safety [PDF]
Abstract: Suggestions and guidelines for minimizing risks when using arc welders.
Source: The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/nasd/docs/d000801-d000900/d000873/d000873.p

Automotive and Engine Products
Abstract: Simple steps to manage motor oil, antifreeze and gasoline used in cars, lawnmowers and small machinery.
Source: King County
URL: http://apps01.metrokc.gov/govlink/hazwaste/house/products/AnyP

Control Technology Assessment for the Welding Operations
Abstract: Results of a study to identify, observe, and evaluate measures which may reduce the amount of fumes a worker is exposed to during welding. The goals of the study were to measure fume exposures during stainless steel welding, using different rod types and rod diameters, and to evaluate the effect of local exhaust ventilation during outdoor welding operations.
Source: Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)
URL: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/weldingcuttingbrazing/report_boilerma

Factors to Consider in Selecting a Farm Irrigation System
Abstract: Discusses best use of common systems including low pressure and drip irrigation systems. Also gives options for energy and water sources.
Source: University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service
URL: http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B882.htm

Guides to Pollution Prevention - Research and Educational Institutions [PDF]
Abstract: This guide provides an overview of waste generating processes and operations which occur in educational or research institutions. The guide also presents options for minimizing waste generation through source reduction and recycling.
Source: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.p2pays.org/search/pdfframe.asp?pdfurl=/ref/02/01060

Irrigation Systems and Water Application Efficiencies
Abstract: Water application efficiency is an irrigation concept that is important both in system selection and design and in irrigation management. This paper gives an overview of various systems covering water losses, uniformity, and crop response
Source: Center for Irrigation Technology
URL: http://www.wateright.org/site2/publications/880104.asp

Laboratory Self-Audit and Preferred Practices
Abstract: Using these on-line guides will help educators who manage teaching laboratories examine how they currently prevent pollution, manage waste, and make decisions about how to improve their facilities.
Source: Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center
URL: http://peakstoprairies.org/p2bande/voed/AuditMain.cfm

Pesticide Storage and Mixing Facilities
Abstract: Most cases of groundwater contamination by agricultural chemicals have been caused by improper storage or mixing and loading of chemicals. For this reason agricultural chemical storage and handling practices have been targeted by federal and state legislation across the U. S. Dealers and applicators are encouraged to construct safe chemical storage and mixing/loading facilities with secondary containment. This bulletin explains how.
Source: Univeristy of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service
URL: http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B1095.htm

Used Motor Oil Collection and Recycling
Abstract: Outlines benefits of recycling; how to find a collection site near you; how to prepare used oil for recycling. Also provides other useful links.
Source: American Petroleum Institute
URL: http://www.recycleoil.org/index.htm

Using Solvents Safely
Abstract: Describes safe work methods, health concerns, solvent management approaches and gives references.
Source: Hazard Evaluation System and Information Service (HESIS)
URL: http://www.dhs.ca.gov/ohb/HESIS/solvmenu.htm?

Case study/success story

Environmental, Health & Safety Issues Involving the Burlington, MA Public School System
Abstract: Extensive review of environmental and health and safety (EHS) issues involving the Burlington, Massachusetts public school system.
Source: Burlington Board of Health
URL: http://www.epa.gov/Region7/education_resources/teachers/ehsstu

Fact sheet/checklist

Animal Waste and the Environment
Abstract: Best management practices for animal waste such as livestock and poultry manure; bedding and litter; feedlot runoff; silage juices from trench silos; and wasted feed. These wastes can affect water quality if proper practices are not followed.
Source: Georgia Cooperative Extension Service
URL: http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/c827-w.html

Chemicals Commonly Associated with Welding, Cutting and Brazing
Abstract: This list identifies the chemicals used and links each chemical to the corresponding entry in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Chemical Sampling Guide giving exposure levels, health risks, and monitoring information.
Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
URL: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/weldingcuttingbrazing/chemicals.html

Dead Animal Disposal Laws in Missouri
Abstract: Gives various options for disposal of carcasses based on Missouri's guidelines
Source: Missouri Extension Service
URL: http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/envqual/wq0216.htm

Managing Nonpoint Source Pollution from Agriculture
Abstract: Nonpoint source (NPS) pollution from agricultural activities is the leading source of impairment to surveyed rivers and lakes, the third largest source of impairments to surveyed estuaries, and also a major contributor to ground water contamination and wetlands degradation. This is an overview of activities and causes.
Source: EPA Office of Water
URL: http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/facts/point6.htm

Material Safety Data Sheet Fact Sheet
Abstract: As environmental regulations expand in scope and influence, it is important to manage materials pro-actively. An MSDS is a tool for evaluating products used in a lab and also for evaluating their potential risks.
Source: Montana Extension Pollution Prevention Program
URL: http://www.montana.edu/~wwwated/msds.htm

Source Water Protection Practices Bulletins
Abstract: A series of fact sheets on best management practices (BMPs) for activities that are likely to impact drinking water sources. Topics include: agricultural fertilizers, storage tanks, vehicle washing, small scale application of pesticides and more. The fact sheets are also used in conjunction with a source water protection training course (contact information given).
Source: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/protect/swpbull.html

Welding Safety on the Farm
Abstract: Covers safety and health concerns and equipment and practices for safer welding.
Source: University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/nasd/docs/d000901-d001000/d000941/d000941.h

What Makes a Waste Hazardous? [PDF]
Abstract: Explains the methodology for identifying hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Also gives the RCRA Hotline contact information for questions about specific wastes.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/general/manag-hw/e00-001e.pdf


Irrigation Scheduling Checkbook Method
Abstract: Proper timing of irrigation water applications is a crucial decision for a farm manager to: 1) meet the water needs of the crop to prevent yield loss due to water stress; 2) maximize the irrigation water use efficiency resulting in beneficial use and conservation of the local water resources; and 3) minimize the leaching potential of nitrates and certain pesticides that may impact the quality of the groundwater.
Source: University of Minnesota Extension Service
URL: http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/cropsystems/DC1322.h

Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship
Abstract: The nationally developed educational curriculum includes 26 independent lessons addressing animal dietary strategies, manure storage and treatment, land application and nutrient management, and outdoor air quality, as well as producer-friendly assessment tools, and PowerPoint presentations with speaker notes. The curriculum is available for order in several formats either on-line or by calling MWPS at 1-800-562-3618.
Source: Midwest Plan Service (MWPS)
URL: https://www.mwpshq.org/LPES_ord.html

Mercury in Schools
Abstract: Curriculum with general information about mercury, where it is commonly found in schools and what can be done about it. Includes activities for teachers, the classroom and the community.
Source: University of Wisconsin's Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC)
URL: http://www.mercuryinschools.uwex.edu/curriculum/index.htm

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
Abstract: Intended as a source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals. The information should help users recognize and control occupational chemical hazards.
Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npg/npg.html

Petroleum Product Storage Practices on the Farm
Abstract: Fuel from leaking storage facilities poses health risks, environmental hazards, and fire and explosion hazards. It is one of the greatest threats to the quality of ground water. This handbook discusses fuels and their storage (USTs and ASTs), reporting and record-keeping requirements, liability for clean-up, property transfer, insurance, closing fuel USTs and risk assessment.
Source: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency/Purdue University
URL: http://www.epa.gov/seahome/fuel/src/main.htm

Small Business Waste Reduction Guide
Abstract: Overview, tip sheets, case studies, checklists and regulations pertaining to many teaching lab activities -- building trades, groundskeeping, ag business, health care (vet clinics), coating and painting, metal fabrication and machining, vehicle maintenance. Go to the "Detailed Table of Contents" to go directly to the section you want.
Source: University of Wisconsin - Extension
URL: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/ag/sus/sbdc/sections.htm

Soil Management Series
Abstract: Aimed at improving soil performance by providing the background science needed to monitor soil and understand how to modify general recommendations to suit the needs of a particular plot. Includes sections on: Soil Management, Compaction, Manure Management, Organic Matter Management, Soil Biology and Soil Management.
Source: University of Minnesota Extension Service
URL: http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/cropsystems/DC7398.h

Sustainable Small Scale Nursery Production [PDF]
Abstract: Focuses on sustainable production of nursery plants not only in the field but also in containers. Some of the topics covered include integrated pest management, weed control and alternative fertilizers. Topics related to business management are also introduced.
Source: Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA)
URL: http://www.attra.org/attra-pub/PDF/nursery.pdf

Yard and Garden Care: How it Affects Your Health and Environment
Abstract: Drawn from the Home*A*Syst program, this guide covers soil testing, lawn type and maintenance, fertilizers and pesticides, ground covers and erosion protection, composting, and water conservation. Helps identify and evaluate pollution risks and gives tips for reducing those risks.
Source: University of Missouri Extension Service
URL: http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/envqual/eqm105f.htm

Web site

Aquaculture Network Information Center (AquaNIC)
Abstract: AquaNIC seeks to provide access to all electronic aquaculture information at the national and international level. Their collection includes an extensive list of fact sheets, tools and access to discussion groups.
Source: Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program
URL: http://aquanic.org/

Peaks to Prairies is a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange™, a national network of regional information centers: NEWMOA (Northeast), WRRC (Southeast), GLRPPR (Great Lakes), ZeroWasteNet (Southwest), P2RIC (Plains), Peaks to Prairies (Mountain), WRPPN (Pacific Southwest), PPRC (Northwest).