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dc.contributor.authorJackson-Smith, D. B.
dc.contributor.authorHalling, M.
dc.contributor.authorde la Hoz, E.
dc.contributor.authorMcEvoy, J. P.
dc.contributor.authorHorsburgh, J. S.
dc.identifier.citationJackson-Smith, D. B., Halling, M., de la Hoz, E., McEvoy, J. P., & Horsburgh, J. S. (2010). Measuring conservation program best management practice implementation and maintenance at the watershed scale. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 65(6), 413-423.en_US
dc.description.abstractThere is growing interest in evaluating the impacts at the watershed scale of agricultural best management practices (BMPs) designed to improve water quality. Many approaches to impact assessment require detailed information about actual BMP use by farmers and landowners in a watershed. This paper examines the strengths and weaknesses of using formal USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service records of conservation program participation as an indicator of spatial and temporal patterns of BMP implementation and maintenance. Field interviews with conservation program participants revealed potential limitations with official records regarding (1) documentation of the incidence of successful BMP implementation, (2) the nature of the BMPs that were implemented, (3) accurate measurement of the timing and location of BMP implementations, and (4) information about the long-term use and maintenance of implemented BMPs. The results suggest that official records should be field-verified before being used as indicators of BMP use. The findings also point to a larger need for development of more robust and accurate systems for tracking BMP implementation and maintenance over periods of time.en_US
dc.publisherSoil and Water Conservation Societyen_US
dc.rightscopyright Soil and Water Conservation Society 2010en_US
dc.subjectmeasuring conservation programen_US
dc.subjectwatershed scaleen_US
dc.titleMeasuring conservation program best management practice implementation and maintenance at the watershed scaleen_US
mus.citation.journaltitleJournal of Soil and Water Conservationen_US
mus.relation.collegeCollege of Letters & Scienceen_US
mus.relation.departmentEarth Sciences.en_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US

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