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Evaluating Barnyard Best Management Practices in Wisconsin using Upstream-Downstream Monitoring

Fact Sheet 221-95

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Abstract

The Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Abatement Program was created in 1978 by the Wisconsin Legislature. The goal of the program is to improve and protect the water quality of lakes, streams, wetlands, and ground water within selected priority watersheds by controlling sources of nonpoint pollution. For each selected watershed, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources drafts a management plan that guides the implementation of pollution-control strategies known as Best Management Practices (BMP's). This plan summarizes resource and land-use inventories, describes the results of pollution-source modeling, and suggests pollution reduction goals. The U.S. Geological Survey, through a cooperative effort with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is monitoring water-quality improvements that result from the implementation of BMP's. The data collected are then compared to the watershed plans to assess progress and determine whether goals are being realized. This fact sheet describes the data-collection efforts, preliminary results, and planned data-analysis techniques of monitoring projects for pre-BMP conditions at two barnyards, one each on Otter Creek and Halfway Prairie Creek.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Evaluating Barnyard Best Management Practices in Wisconsin using Upstream-Downstream Monitoring
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
221-95
Edition:
Version 1.0
Year Published:
1995
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s):
Wisconsin Water Science Center
Description:
4 p.