Skip

NRCS Special Emphasis Watershed Studies

About the Studies

Ten Special Emphasis Watershed studies managed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), support the National Assessment component of the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP). They complement the CEAP National Assessment with in-depth watershed-level studies that address specific resource concerns such as manure management on animal feeding operations, water use on irrigated cropland, drainage management, wildlife habitat and riparian restoration.

The National Agricultural Library maintains a dynamic bibliography cataloging all NRCS watershed studies from 2003 to the present.

The Current Research Information System (CRIS) is USDA's documentation and reporting system for ongoing and recently completed research and education projects.

Special Emphasis Watersheds Location
Cheney Lake Bibliography (Articles)
Fact Sheet (PDF; 2.0 MB)
Poster (PDF; 7.4 MB)
Kansas
Choptank River Bibliography (Articles)
Bibliography (Books)
Fact Sheet (PDF; 2.7 MB)
Poster (PDF; 7.6 MB)
NRCS Special Emphasis Watershed Choptank River Project Final Report (PDF; 3.8 MB)
Using Satellite Remote Sensing to Estimate Winter Cover Crop Nutrient Uptake Efficiency, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, September/October 2009
Federal-State Partnership Yields Success in Remote Sensing Analysis of Conservation Practice Effectiveness: Results from the Choptank River Conservation Effects Assessment Project, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, September/October 2009
ARS's Quest To Improve the Chesapeake Bay, Agricultural Researchmagazine, November/December 2006
Special Emphasis CEAP Watershed: Choptank River, CEAP-ARS Watershed Assessment annual meeting, May 2006 (PDF; 4.7 MB)
CRIS summary
Maryland
Jobos Bay Bibliography (Articles)
Bibliography (Books)
Fact Sheet (PDF; 1.7 MB)
Poster (PDF; 5.8 MB)
Hydrology and water quality of a field and riparian buffer adjacent to a mangrove wetland in Jobos Bay watershed, Puerto Rico, Ecological Engineering, December 2012 (PDF; 0.8 MB)
Characterization of Land-Based Sources of Pollution in Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico: Status of Heavy Metal Concentration in Bed Sediment, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, February 2012
A Baseline Assessment of the Ecological Resources of Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico, NOAA Technical Memorandum, July 2011 (PDF; 17.1 MB)
Puerto Rico
North Bosque River Bibliography (Articles)
Fact Sheet (PDF; 1.6 MB)
Poster (PDF; 5.6 MB)
CRIS summary
Texas
Sprague River Bibliography (Articles)
Bibliography (Books)
Fact Sheet (PDF; 1.7 MB)
Poster (PDF; 5.4 MB)
Oregon
Stemple Creek Bibliography (Books)
Fact Sheet (PDF; 2.8 MB)
Poster (PDF; 9.6 MB)
CRIS summary
California
Upper Auglaize River Bibliography (Articles)
Bibliography (Books)
Fact Sheet (PDF; 2.6 MB)
Poster (PDF; 5.7 MB)
Ohio
Upper Snake Rock Bibliography (Articles)
Fact Sheet (PDF; 3.5 MB)
Poster (PDF; 7.1 MB)
CRIS summary
Idaho
Upper Tiffin Fact Sheet (PDF; 2.4 MB)
Poster (PDF; 6.1 MB)
Michigan
Wood River Bibliography (Articles)
Bibliography (Books)
Fact Sheet (PDF; 0.5 MB)
Wood River photos 2006
Oregon