Bill* manages two small dairy operations in Sonoma County. He would have liked to purchase his leased dairy land so he could more easily make long-term improvements. However, water quality concerns complicated the process of acquiring grant funding for the purchase. UCCE tapped its water quality research data from local dairies and ranches to help Bill create an agriculture buffer that would reduce runoff and protect the quality of the water in streams. With the help of his local UCCE office, Bill was able to reach his long-term goals, all while improving water quality and increasing his ranch’s productivity.