|Benefits of SWP Initiative and CEAP Project Research
BENEFITS OF THE SOURCE WATER PROTECTION INITIATIVE AND CONSERVATION EFFECTS ASSESSMENT PROJECT RESEARCH
The Source Water Protection Initiative and the Conservation Effects Assessment Project research being conducted by the Soil Drainage Research Unit addresses the following issues:
The majority of streams within the midwestern United States have been negatively impacted by drainage practices to facilitate the draining of excess water from agricultural fields. Benefit: Identify ways of managing streams providing needed drainage for agricultural production and improving the ecological health to meet Clean Water Act mandates.
Farmers are often distrustful of the results of environmental assessments conducted by regulatory agencies.
Benefit: Provide a needed independent source of information on the effects of agricultural practices that will assist with increasing the adoption of effective best management practices.
Local watershed groups, Soil and Water Conservation districts, NGOs, and other state/federal agencies in the midwestern United States are often forced to make management decisions without adequate information to weight the costs and benefits.
Benefit: Provide information that enable informed decisions about the management of natural resources in rural areas.