Title: Conservation Effects Assessment Project – CEAP – National Research Cooperation Authors
Submitted to: Soil and Water Conservation Society
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: March 18, 2010
Publication Date: April 28, 2010
Citation: Sadler, E.J., Walbridge, M.R., Duriancik, L. 2010. Conservation Effects Assessment Project – CEAP – National Research Cooperation [abstract]. SWCS Managing Agricultural Lanscapes for Environmental Quality II Achieving More Effective Conservation, April 28-30, 2010, Denver, Colorado. p.41. Technical Abstract: CEAP is a multi-agency effort to quantify the environmental benefits of conservation practices used by private landowners participating in selected USDA conservation programs. Within CEAP are a national assessment, focusing on regional and national-scale modeling, and a watershed assessment of croplands and grazing lands, including ARS benchmark watersheds, NIFA competitive grant watersheds, and NRCS special emphasis watersheds. Within the ARS benchmark watersheds, the project includes five objectives: 1) Develop and implement a data system, 2) Measure effects of conservation practices at the watershed scale, 3) Validate models and quantify uncertainty of model predictions, 4) Develop policy-planning tools to optimize profits and program efficiency, and 5)Develop regional watershed models. Progress on these objectives is summarized in the presentation.