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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: CONSERVATION PRACTICES IN NORTHEASTERN GRAZING LANDS

Location: Pasture Systems & Watershed Management Research

Project Number: 1902-21000-007-04
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 30, 2008
End Date: Sep 29, 2013

Objective:
The objective of this cooperative research project is to evaluate the watershed-level effects of agricultural land use and Best Management Practices in the Spring Creek watershed in central Pennsylvania by using aerial remote sensing topographic data and on-farm sampling to characterize within-farm placement of agricultural and conservation land uses relative to local drainage networks.

Approach:
Previous CEAP-related research in the Spring Creek watershed funded the collection of fine-grained LIDAR topographic data and collection of basic information on agricultural BMPs applied within the watershed. Further on-farm mapping and producer interviews will be used to identify land use types on the grazing farms within this watershed. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will be used to map water flow paths within farms, and to characterize the spatial position of land use types with differing potential for nutrient and sediment runoff relative to those flow paths. This Specific Cooperative Agreement will be used to hire a post-doctoral research associate to conduct the watershed research, and to work closely with the cooperator on the analysis of LIDAR data.

Last Modified: 8/27/2014
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