Submitted to: Soil and Water Conservation Society
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: December 1, 2006
Publication Date: July 21, 2007
Citation: Bosch, D.D., Strickland, T.C., Lowrance, R.R., Sheridan, J.M., Potter, T.L., Sullivan, D.G. 2007. Conservation Effects Assessment in the South Georgia Little River Watershed. Soil and Water Conservation Society July 21, 2007, Tampa, Florida. Technical Abstract: The Little River Experimental Watershed (LREW) located in the upper Coastal Plain region of Southern Georgia is one of the 14 benchmark watersheds involved in the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP). The Southeast Watershed Research Laboratory (SEWRL) initiated a hydrologic research program on the LREW in 1967. Long-term hydrologic and water quality data collected on the site make it an excellent site for examining cause and effect relationships between agricultural management and watershed conditions. The upper Coastal Plain is an important agricultural region within a unique geo-climatic ecoregion. Critical environmental issues within the region include: runoff from farms carrying pesticides, nutrients, and soil; impacts of riparian forest management; and the effects of drought on irrigation water supplies. A two phase approach will be followed. The first phase will involve a characterization of all historical and existing management practices which have been installed on the watershed and an examination of their historical impact on watershed conditions. The second phase will involve watershed scale modeling, designed to better characterize the expected impacts of these management practices and the impact of alternative placement of the practices throughout the watershed.