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Soil conservation and the reduction of erosion and sedimentation in the Coon Creek basin, Wisconsin

Professional Paper 1234

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Abstract

The Coon Creek basin, in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, has been strikingly transformed by soil conservation measures since the 1930's. Comparison of sheet and rill erosion by use of the Universal Soil Loss Equation, shows 1975 erosion rates on upland fields to be about one-fourth those of 1934. Average annual sedimentation accumulation in small reservoirs declined from about 5,000 megagrams per square kilometer in 1936-45 to about 50 megagrams per square kilometer in 1962-75. Analysis of deposition in tributary valleys suggests that annual rates declined from about 3,700 megagrams per square kilometer in the 1930 's to about 35-70 megagrams per square kilometer in recent years. These reductions in erosion and sedimentation are due principally to improvements in land management and, to a lesser degree, to changes in land use. (USGS)

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Soil conservation and the reduction of erosion and sedimentation in the Coon Creek basin, Wisconsin
Series title:
Professional Paper
Series number:
1234
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1982
Language:
ENGLISH
Description:
35 p.