CONSERVATION EFFECTS ASSESSMENT PROJECT (CEAP) (2011) - ARS BENCHMARK WATERSHED STUDIES
Water Quality and Ecology Research
2012 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
Principal focus of the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) Watershed Studies is to evaluate the effects and benefits of conservation practices at the watershed scale, in support of policy decisions and program implementation.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
The effects of conservation activities on water and soil quality will be assessed at the watershed scale using models such as ARS’ Soil and Water Assessment Tool, in combination with ARS long-term watershed data sets, expertise, and resources.
Progress continues in assembling a comprehensive data set to describe Beasley Lake watershed, including soils, cropping patterns, cultural practices, topography, climate, water quality, and LIDAR. These data are being input on the STEWARDS (Sustaining the Earth’s Watersheds: Agricultural Research Data System) data base. Monitoring of lake water quality and fish populations and evaluation of runoff from Conservation Reserve Program and buffer areas continues. Aerial multi-spectral data were acquired in summer 2011 and will be collected again in 2012. Collaborative efforts were maintained through routine site visits, email, and telephone communications with collaborators.