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Research Project: Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) 2017 - Benchmark Watershed Assessment Studies on Iowa Croplands

Location: Agroecosystems Management Research

Project Number: 5030-13000-011-57-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Jul 31, 2017
End Date: Sep 30, 2019

Objective:
The CEAP research seeks to: 1. Develop new and innovative modeling and assessment tools to quantify sediment and contaminant transport on the landscape; 2. Improve understanding of how to select, place, and combine conservation practices to achieve improvements in water quantity and quality in watersheds; and 3. Improve conservation technologies to better protect water resources through development and testing of new designs, equipment, and materials.

Approach:
These common approaches will be supported by the collection of hydrologic and water quality samples from stream water at three automated stations in South Fork of the Iowa River (SFIR) watershed and at one station in the Walnut Creek (WC) watershed and tile discharge points in those watersheds; and continue to develop and evaluate tools to optimize placement of conservation practices within Midwest watersheds for improved environmental benefits.