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Aggregated Data Records Describing USDA Conservation Practices Implemented Within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

December 5, 2018

This data release contains aggregated data records documenting the implementation of USDA conservation practices on farms within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The data are supplied as annual totals aggregated by county, and by eight digit hydrologic unit code (HUC-8) watershed. The initial data release covers 2007-2017, and updates are planned for December of each year. The data provided here, and the processes used to aggregate them, are thoroughly described in "Agricultural conservation practice implementation in the Chesapeake Bay watershed supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture" by Hively and others (2018) available at https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1102.
Contents: Aggregated_Data_Records_Describing_USDA_Conservation_Practices_Implemented_Within_the_Chesapeake_Bay_Watershed_15.xml - Metadata file describing the structure and content of each Appendix data file Appendix 2 Record_Counts.csv - Contains the count of conservation practices provided by the USDA in the raw, unagggregated dataset vs. various levels of aggregation (county, HUC-8, HUC-12), documenting the effect of aggregation scale on data reportability Appendix 3a NRCS_County_Funded.csv - Contains implementation data for Natural Resources Conservation Service funded practices, aggregated by county; yearly totals from 2007-17 Appendix 3b NRCS_County_CTA.csv - Contains implementation data for Natural Resources Conservation Service practices supported by conservation technical assistance, aggregated by county; yearly totals from 2007-17 Appendix 3c NRCS_HUC8_Funded_CBW.csv - Contains implementation data for Natural Resources Conservation Service funded practices, aggregated by HUC-8 watersheds within the Chesapeake Bay watershed; yearly totals from 2007-17 Appendix 3d NRCS_HUC8_CTA_CBW.csv - Contains implementation data for Natural Resources Conservation Service practices supported by conservation technical assistance, aggregated by HUC-8 watersheds within the Chesapeake Bay watershed; yearly totals from 2007-17 Appendix 3e FSA_County.csv - Contains implementation data for Farm Service Agency Conservation Reserve Program and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program practices, aggregated by county; yearly totals from 2007-17

Citation Information

Publication Year 2018
Title Aggregated Data Records Describing USDA Conservation Practices Implemented Within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
DOI 10.5066/P93Y903B
Authors Wells D. Hively, Olivia Devereux, Jennifer L. Keisman
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center

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