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Title: CEAP: Effects of conservation practices on soil and water resources in the Upper Washita Basin

item Moriasi, Daniel
item Starks, Patrick
item Steiner, Jean
item Zhang, Xunchang
item Garbrecht, Jurgen
item GLASGOW, STEVE - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS, USDA)

Submitted to: Soil and Water Conservation Society Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/11/2018
Publication Date: 7/31/2018
Citation: Moriasi, D.N., Starks, P.J., Steiner, J.L., Zhang, X.J., Garbrecht, J.D., Glasgow, S. 2018. CEAP: Effects of conservation practices on soil and water resources in the Upper Washita Basin [abstract]. Soil and Water Conservation Society Proceedings. Available at:

Interpretive Summary: Abstract only

Technical Abstract: The Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) was created in 2003 by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in partnership with USDA Agricultural Research Service and many other partners to quantify the environmental effects of conservation practices (CPs) and programs and to develop the science base for managing the agricultural landscape for environmental quality. The Fort Cobb Reservoir Experimental and Little Washita River Experimental watersheds located within the Upper Washita Basin in Oklahoma are part of the ARS Benchmark CEAP-Watershed Assessment Studies (CEAP-WAS) locations. The ultimate goal of this study is to present CPs that have worked and the scale at which they have worked, based on the findings of the research studies that have been carried out in these CEAP and other watersheds within the Upper Washita Basin in the last 15 years. This work will contribute to the larger CEAP efforts that seek to communicate with scientists, practitioners, and policymakers the findings of CEAP-WAS on what CPs work and the temporal and spatial scales at which they work in various climatic and land management sites across the country. During the conference we plan to present: 1) issues such as climate, land use, and red cedar encroachment that affect water resources and soil erosion; 2) common conservation practices including no-till, riparian buffers, and red cedar removal that have been implemented over the years to protect soil and water resources; and 3) the effects of the CPs implemented on soil and water resources.