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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Conservation Effects Assessment Project Croplands Watersheds Studies - Chesapeake Bay/atlantic Coastal Plain Watersheds (2012)

Location: Pasture Systems & Watershed Management Research

Project Number: 8070-13000-012-21
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: May 01, 2012
End Date: Sep 30, 2014

Objective:
Problems to be addressed through this agreement include the following four areas: 1. Improving our understanding of the aggregate effects of conservation practices at the watershed scale; 2. Improving our ability to select and place conservation practices on the landscape for maximum effectiveness; 3. Improving conservation practices to better protect water resources; and 4. Maintaining the effectiveness of conservation practices under changing climate and land use.

Approach:
We will employ hydrologic and water quality data from field studies in the Mahantango Creek watershed to calibrate key fate-and-transport models (VSA-SWAT, APEX). Output from these models will be used to evaluate components of the P Index as part of a national NRCS-backed initiative to validate and, where necessary, revise the P Index.

Last Modified: 11/20/2014
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