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Characterization of the Impact of Agricultural Conservation Practices on Natural Resource Concerns in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

August 29, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides funding and technical assistance for the implementation of practices that enable people to conserve, maintain, or improve soil, water, and related natural resources. NRCS conservation practices, or best management practices, relate the conservation practices to conservation practice physical effects (CPPE). Physical effects are listed in the data and purpose and include effects such as nutrients and pesticides transported to surface and/or groundwater. The CPPE is published in the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide and is listed in the sources section. NRCS's CPPE includes a limited set of practices. All practices that do not have an NRCS-assigned CPPE were evaluated using NRCS practice standard criteria and required enhancements to determine the most comparable practice that with an assigned CPPE. The CPPE categories are ranked on a scale of -5 to +5. These rankings are categorical and indicate a range from substantial worsening (-5) to substantial improvement (+5) with zero indicating no effect. NRCS conservation practice data are available to USGS researchers via a data sharing agreement.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2022
Title Characterization of the Impact of Agricultural Conservation Practices on Natural Resource Concerns in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
DOI 10.5066/P9VY95KT
Authors Devereux Olivia (Contractor) H
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Water Science Center