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Research Project: WRP Restoration Monitoring

Location: Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research

Project Number: 5070-12610-005-01-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jan 15, 2019
End Date: Jul 31, 2022

Objective:
The primary goal it to assess whether restoration, implemented through the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) program, enhances essential wetland functions in participating lower Mississippi River Basin States with a specific emphasis on deliverables for NRCS practitioners to assist NRCS practitioners with future restoration planning.

Approach:
The effects of the WRP program on soil health measurements will be measured by assessing soil response to restoration activities, specifically presence of hydrologic indicators, carbon storage capacity and soil microbial activity to determine if sites meet legal wetland criteria definitions.