CONSERVATION EFFECTS ASSESSMENT PROJECT CROPLANDS WATERSHEDS STUDIES - CHESAPEAKE BAY/ATLANTIC COASTAL PLAIN WATERSHEDS (2012)
Pasture Systems & Watershed Management Research
Project Number: 1902-13000-012-21
Start Date: May 01, 2012
End Date: Sep 30, 2014
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.
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.