One of the key components to keeping our land healthy and productive is the quality of the soil. The quality of soil affects both air and water quality. Wise choices based on conservation planning and capacity of the land and soils impact the quality of the water that enters our rivers, streams, and lakes, which ultimately flow through our faucets. Conservation is a vital endeavor, both for those who rely on the land to support their families and for all of us who depend on farmers and ranchers to take care of our land and water. In working to protect natural resources, one positive effect usually generates another.