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Report #6: Evaluation of conservation systems, water quality - Pilot Watershed Study, Soil and Water Environmental Enhancement Program

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Title: Report #6: Evaluation of conservation systems, water quality - Pilot Watershed Study, Soil and Water Environmental Enhancement Program
Author: Beak Consultants Limited
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 overall purpose of the of the water quality component of PWS was to, define water quality concentrations and mass loadings between conventional and conservation farm systems. The specific objective relating to the water quality evaluation component of the PWS are: 1. through water quality monitoring, quantify loading rates of phosphorus and soil loss at three scales (plot, microbasin and watershed) in the short-term (single rain event) and long-term (seasonally and annually), and 2. quantify the benefits to receiving waters of conservation system adoption at the watershed scale.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/14857
Date: 1994
Rights: In Copyright - Non-Commercial Use Permitted
Rights Holder: Agriculture Canada


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