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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Rangeland Watershed Research: Four Decades at Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed

Author
item Slaughter, Charles

Submitted to: American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: February 15, 1997
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed (RCEW) was established in 1960 as an outdoor hydrologic laboratory for the mountainous rangelands of the interior Pacific Northwest. The initial objectives were to conduct research addressing water supply, flooding and erosion in rangelands where seasonal snow and frozen soil conditions strongly influence hydrologic regime. The 234 square km RCEW in the Owyhee Mountains 70 km south of Boise, Idaho, has high relief and diversity of geology, soils, aspect, vegetation and land use. The elevation range of RCEW is 1098 m to 2254 m. Mean annual precipitation varies from 23 cm at the lowest elevations to over 110 cm (over 75% as snow) at the headwaters. Climate, precipitation and streamflow are measured with an array of 18 dual-gauge precipitation sites, five comprehensive climate stations, seven snow courses and nine stream gaging stations within RCEW. Hydrologic monitoring has been upgraded with state-of-the-art data acquisition, real-time telemetry, and relational data base archiving. Reynold Creek Experimental Watershed is a landscape-scale research facility available to scientists and resource managers from private, university, state, and federal entities; cooperation in research and in application of findings is welcomed.

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