USDA awarded two land-grant universities more than $1 million last week to study conservation relating to watersheds.
"These two studies culminate the first phase of USDA's work to understand the effects of conservation practices benefiting a watershed," acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner says. "This science and outreach will provide additional practical knowledge for planning and carrying out conservation programs across the nation."
North Carolina State University and the University of Idaho received the funds for the Conservation Effects Assessment Project. NCSU will look at 13 watersheds to evaluate the influence of conservation practices and maintenance. Meanwhile, a team from Idaho will look at the benefit to the land of those watersheds as well as to surrounding communities.
The two grants are part of USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service's commitment to the Conservation Effects Assessment Project.