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Conservation Outcomes Webinar Series

The Conservation Outcomes Webinar Series provides key findings, data, and tools to support producers and partners in pursuing voluntary conservation efforts across the nation's working lands. 

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) hosts one-hour virtual webinars featuring scientists and other subject matter experts speaking on a diversity of topics related to voluntary conservation efforts on working lands.

You may subscribe to receive emails with information on upcoming webinars. Enter your email address here, then select the "Conservation Outcomes" topic under Conservation.

Save the Date: August Conservation Outcomes Webinar

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Yesterday's Phosphorus, Today's Water Quality: Conservation Insights from the USDA Legacy Phosphorus Assessment

Phosphorus, a critical fertilizer nutrient required for crop production, can trigger unwanted changes to aquatic systems when it ends up in our water bodies. For producers and conservationists, testing the soil and managing today’s additions of phosphorus in fertilizer and manure is just the first important step. Historical sources of phosphorus accumulate in soils, wetlands, and streams. As a result, today’s water quality may reflect a phosphorus legacy that doesn’t readily respond only to SMART Nutrient Management. Mitigating legacy phosphorus requires targeted conservation in fields, at the edges of fields, and in watersheds. This may require new approaches to conservation.

On August 22 at 2:00 p.m. eastern, Dr. Peter Kleinman will share recent insights from USDA's Legacy Phosphorus Assessment Project during our free, one-hour Conservation Outcomes Webinar. Dr. Kleinman is a Research Leader with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Fort Collins, Colorado. He coordinates this collaborative effort between USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and ARS to advance the science, innovation, and forecasting of legacy phosphorus mitigation strategies and ultimately support water quality improvements. Findings will be presented from Conservation Effects Assessment Project watersheds within the Chesapeake Bay, Lake Champlain, Lake Erie, Mississippi River, and Snake River. Producers, conservationists, and researchers may use the conservation insights shared during this webinar to strengthen legacy phosphorus mitigation efforts and improve water quality nationwide.

Registration is not required. Instructions to join via Microsoft Teams will be available here no later than early August.

2024 Webinar Calendar

Below are the tentative webinars planned through fall 2024. Please note, webinars without dates may be updated. Specific dates and times for each webinar will be added as available.

  • August 22, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. ET: Yesterday's Phosphorus, Today's Water Quality: Conservation Insights from the USDA Legacy Phosphorus Assessment
  • October 2024, Date and Time to be Announced: Lessons Learned – Watershed Planning for Improved Conservation Outcomes

Please reference this webpage frequently for new webinar information, including additional details for the above events and access to new webinars added throughout the calendar year.

Past Webinars with Resources

Recordings of all past webinars and associated resources are available below. Past webinars are also available by conservation area of focus on the Conservation Effects Assessment Project Publications webpage.

2024 Webinars

2023 Webinars

2022 Webinars

2021 Webinars

2020 Webinars

  • November 12, 2020 – Linking Ecosystem Service Values to Rangeland Practices in the Central Great Plains: Webinar Recording
  • October 22, 2020 – Quantifying Conservation Effects on Multiple Wetland Ecosystem Services: Understanding Tradeoffs is the Name of the Game: Webinar Recording
  • September 24, 2020 – The 2017 National Resources Inventory 5-year Release, 35 Years of National Resources Monitoring: Webinar Recording
  • August 27, 2020 – Conservation Outcomes of NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife in Eastern Forests: Webinar Recording
  • July 23, 2020 – Quantifying Restoration Outcomes in Frequent-Fire Forests: Webinar Recording
  • June 25, 2020 – Tillage Management and Structural Conservation Practices: CEAP II Report on Changes in Adoption Rates: Webinar Recording
  • May 28, 2020 – Measuring and Understanding the Effects of Conservation within Watersheds: Webinar Recording
  • April 23, 2020 – Conservation Outcomes on America’s Western Grazing Lands with NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife: Webinar Recording


Name Position Phone Number Email
Elizabeth Creech-Thomas
Natural Resources Communication Specialist
Laura Crowell
Natural Resources Communication Specialist