ARRA - National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory, West Lafayette,
ARS is developing ways to control soil
National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory, West Lafayette, Indiana
- Scope of work under Recovery Act
Repair of critical deferred maintenance including refurbishing
boiler and distribution pumps, replace roofing system, repair security system.
Replace HVAC cooling unit and provide reliable back-up power source. Replace
windows that are allowing infiltration of water.
May 2010 - Construction contract awarded for $445,664 for roof replacement and
September 2010 - Construction contract awarded for about $8,400 to replace the roof and windows.
Research at the National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory
The National Soil Erosion Laboratory at West Lafayette, Indiana, is the
focal point for the U.S. Governments national research program aimed at
controlling soil erosion, which can impact environmental quality, reduce crop
yields, and increase costs to producers and consumers. The laboratory has
developed some of the most widely used tools in the world to estimate and
ultimately control soil erosion.
Soil erosion is the movement of soil particles by the erosive forces of wind
or water. While soil erosion can be controlled, it is almost impossible to
completely stop. Erosion can also be accelerated through peoples
activities such removing surface vegetation or crop residues.
The National Soil Erosion Laboratory created the first nationwide soil
erosion-prediction equation. Since then, the laboratory has released a
erosion-prediction mapping interface software called GeoWEPP (Water Erosion
Prediction Project) that mimics water and erosion processes on crop-, range-
and forest lands across small watersheds.
Top soil is a thin resource on which all crop production depends. We need to
understand how farming practices and natural processes influence the lose of
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