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First page of Journal of Hydrology Article

Evaluating watershed-based optimized decision support framework for conservation practice placement in the Plum Creek Minnesota

This study develops an integrated decision support framework to site conservation placement opportunities at the field-scale using LiDAR-hydro-conditioned DEM and other secondary data. Using python coding, this framework integrates three robust models namely Prioritize, Target and Measure Application (PTMApp), Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) and Hydrological Simulation Program FORTRAN-Scenario Application Manager (HSPF-SAM).

First page of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Article

Agricultural conservation practices in Iowa watersheds: comparing actual implementation with practice potential

To identify potential locations for conservation practices in Iowa watersheds, the ACPF is being used. In addition, the location of existing implemented practices are being identified by the Iowa Best Management Practices Mapping Project (IBMP). From these two products, a methodology was developed to compare the differences between actual implementation and practice placement potential.

Cover of Journal of SWCS from July 2020

Farmer engagement using a precision approach to watershed-scale conservation planning: What do we know?

The results from semi-structured in-depth interviews conducted with farmers in four watersheds in the US Midwest aimed at better understanding farmers' perceptions of targeting when they receive targeted conservation options for fields they farm.

Cover of Journal of Environmental Management Article

Lessons learned from using a decision-support tool for precision placement of conservation practices in six agricultural watersheds in the US midwest

The findings from semi-structured in-depth interviews conducted with 21 conservation professionals in six watersheds in the US Midwest who have used the ACPF in their watershed planning and engagement work. Results suggest that the ACPF encourages conservation professionals to think at a watershed scale, supports their approach to conservation planning, and helps them in watershed planning and stakeholder engagement.

Cover of Journal of SWCS from July 2020

Riparian catchments: A landscape approach to link uplands with riparian zones for agricultural and ecosystem conservation

Effective coupling of upland and riparian conservation as a system of practices, is necessary to ensure water quality, water supply, agricultural sustainability, and ecosystem biodiversity and integrity. This is not an easy task, nor an intuitive one. Therefore, riparian catchments is needed that helps planners and stakeholders visualize strategies to place conservation practices in sequences that are adapted to landscape-specific attributes.

Cover of September 2022 Journal of SWCS

Measurements of landscape capacity for water detention and wetland restoration practices can inform watershed planning goals and implementation strategies

This editorial examines how precision siting of practices can provide data for evaluating watershed goals and assessing how implementation strategies may influence chances of success in reaching habitat and water quality goals.

Cover of Journal of SWCS from July 2020

Integrating farmer input and Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework results to develop watershed plans in Iowa

A case study of the Iowa Soybean Association engaging farmers and landowners in watershed programming and conservation initiatives using the ACPF.

Cover of Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education from September 2019

The Beargrass Story: Utilizing Social Science to Evaluate and Learn from the “Watershed Approach”

This paper presents the case of a voluntary watershed project that addressed the need for improving water quality by reducing agricultural nutrient loss. The project focused on implementing the “right practices” in the “right places” through the ACPF.

Cover of Agrosystems, Geosciences and Environment Journal from April 2021

Comparing riparian buffer design classification data among watersheds representing Iowa landscapes

This study applied riparian catchments, part of the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) version 3, to evaluate functional riparian settings for 32 headwater watersheds representing three major land resource areas (MLRAs) in Iowa.

Cover of September 2022 Journal of SWCS

Potential for saturated riparian buffers to treat tile drainage among 32 watersheds representing Iowa landscapes

This study compared the extent of saturated riparian buffer-suited riparian sites among 32 Iowa watersheds, and estimated the proportion of each watershed that was tile drained and located above SRB-suited riparian zones.