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Research Project: Strategic Investigations to Improve Water Quality and Ecosystem Sustainability in Agricultural Landscapes

Location: Water Quality and Ecology Research

Title: Long-term database of Beasley Lake Watershed with 25 years of agricultural conservation practices

Author
item Lizotte, Richard
item Yasarer, Lindsey
item Griffith, Mark
item Locke, Martin
item Bingner, Ronald - Ron

Submitted to: Hydrological Processes
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/12/2021
Publication Date: 1/25/2021
Citation: Lizotte Jr, R.E., Yasarer, L.M., Griffith, M.K., Locke, M.A., Bingner, R.L. 2021. Long-term database of Beasley Lake Watershed with 25 years of agricultural conservation practices. Hydrological Processes. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.14061.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.14061

Interpretive Summary: As part of the USDA Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP), Beasley Lake Watershed has 25 years of data on how agriculture has influenced water quality. The watershed database includes long-term information on water quality, water quantity, precipitation, and land-use. This long-term database is available to the public, including other researchers, using a web-based application, Sustaining the Earth's Watersheds, Agricultural Research Data System (STEWARDS). The paper describes what information about the watershed is available in STEWARDS and how that information can be useful to other researchers and agencies. This information can be used to help improve the understanding of how land-use practices affect the water quality of shallow lake systems.

Technical Abstract: Beasley Lake Watershed is an agriculturally influenced drainage basin in western Mississippi that has been intensively studied for 25 years. As part of the USDA Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP), the watershed has archived hydrology, precipitation, and water quality data in order to measure the effects of multiple USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation practices on lake water quality. The long-term database is available to researchers using a web-based application, Sustaining the Earth's Watersheds, Agricultural Research Data System (STEWARDS). STEWARDS is a GIS-based data retrieval application that encompasses spatial and temporal data collected from multiple sites within the watershed. This data note describes information located in the STEWARDS Beasley Lake Watershed database, including hydrology, precipitation, and water quality data. This information is valuable to researchers and agencies beyond the USDA as an available and useful database to improve the understanding of how land-use practices affect the water quality of shallow lake systems.