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Report #5: Evaluation of conservation systems, hydrology - Pilot Watershed Study, Soil and Water Environmental Enhancement Program

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Title: Report #5: Evaluation of conservation systems, hydrology - Pilot Watershed Study, Soil and Water Environmental Enhancement Program
Author: Walker, Robert R.; Tossell, Robert W.
Abstract: The Pilot Watershed Study (PWS), a major component of the Soil and Water Environmental Enhancement Program (SWEEP), was aimed at assessing and demonstrating the benefits of conservation farm management systems at the watershed scale. Planning and design of the PWS was completed in 1987 and environmental monitoring and evaluation was conducted from 1988 to 1992 at three paired watersheds within the Lake Erie drainage basin. During that time, there was intensive and continuous monitoring of hydrology and water quality at the plot, field and watershed scales. Detailed soil surveys and assessments of soil quality were also conducted along with monitoring of meteorology and agricultural productivity. The purpose of the of the hydrology component of PWS was to monitor runoff and stream flow to determine if the implementation of conservation farm systems had an affect on the overall basin hydrology. The specific objectives relating to the hydrology component of the PWS are: 1. through environmental monitoring, establish continuous records of watershed water balance in order to investigate hydrologic proces, 2. determine the flow component of runoff necessary for estimating mass flux of water quality parameters, and 3. investigate the relationships between soil conservation systems and hydrologic response at the plot, field and watershed scales.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/14856
Date: 1994
Rights: In Copyright - Non-Commercial Use Permitted
Rights Holder: Agriculture Canada


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