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Animal Best Management Practice by Chesapeake Bay Watershed Region From 1985 to 2014

September 25, 2017

This metadata record covers 18 comma delimited files that support the USGS Scientific Investigations Report Manure and Fertilizer Inputs to Land in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, 1950-2014 by Jennifer Keisman, Olivia Devereux, Andrew LaMotte, and Andrew Sekellick. The data were created by running scenarios through the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership Phase 5.3.2 Watershed Model for years between 1985 and 2014. Scenarios include data with the reported Best Management Practice (BMP) for each year, as well as scenarios with no BMPs for each year. Data include summaries of the amount of land use change and animal BMPs reported as implemented for each year. Data originated with the Chesapeake Bay Watershed jurisdictions including Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, New York, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Data were reported to the Chesapeake Bay Program for an annual review of progress toward meeting nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment reduction goals. Analysis of BMP implementation levels over time provide information about changes in land use due to conservation efforts that are distinct from changes due to development. Data include the modeled load for nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment at two scales: 1) delivered to streams with flow greater than 100 cubic feet per second, and 2) delivered to the edge of the tidal area of the Chesapeake Bay.