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Impact Assessment Workshop

Impact Assessment and Achievements in Water Quality Protection

June 17-19, 2008 - Nebraska City, NE

he Heartland Regional Water Coordination Initiative's Nutrient and Pesticide Management (NPM) Team hosted a "Impact Assessment and Achievements in water Quality Protection" Workshop at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center, located at the Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, NE. The Impact Assessment workshop was held on June 17 - 19, 2008 and 72 individuals participated. These participants included university and ARS researchers and extension faculty, state and federal agency personnel, resource managers and advisors as well as watershed and conservation groups.

Tree Adventure - Discussing Tree SpeciesThe objective of the June workshop was to better understand how sociological factors play a role in water quality protection, to share assessment procedures used throughout the Heartland Region, how to use assessment tools to target and measure achievement, and to share new approaches in assessing achievements made in water protection.

This workshop was a follow-up to a January regional roundtable which also addressed Impact Assessment and achievement in water quality protection. The Roundtable was held for a much smaller audience made up of university faculty, ARS researchers, and EPA staff to report the latest research findings, current projects, and future research. This June workshop was held for a larger audience with the goal of applying this knowledge throughout the Heartland Region.

The NPM team hosted similar workshops regarding Phosphorus BMPs in 2004, Nitrogen BMPs in 2005, Pesticides in 2006 and BMPs in 2007.

Workshop Information:Lied Lodge Tour Shuttle

Workshop Agenda

Workshop Participants

Workshop Speakers and Presentations:

Day 1

Why Do We Need Impact AssessmentJoe Williams, U.S. EPA/ORD/NRMRL

Evaluating the Impacts of Educational Programs on Water QualityPete Nowak, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Impact Assessment Procedures and Tools

The ABC’s of Building an Assessment: Development, Application, Interpretation, and Utilization of Information. How do we use the assessment to guide future decisions?Carol Pilcher, Iowa State University

Making Assessment Work for Watershed Groups, the Science and Social Needs of AssessmentBob Broz, University of Missouri

Using Water Quality Monitoring to Assess ImpactsPhil Barnes, Kansas State University

Urban Stormwater Requirements and AssessmentJohn Stansbury, University of Nebraska and Kent Holm, Douglas County (NE) Environmental Services

Day 2 - Heartland Region CEAP Projects

Understanding the CEAP Program: ARS, CSREES, and NRCSDan Devlin, Kansas State University

Assessing Changes in Groundwater Nitrate Concentrations in NebraskaRoy Spalding, University of Nebraska

CEAP Project in Cheney Watershed in Kansas “Assessing the Impact of a Strategic Approach to Implementation of Conservation Practices”Nathan Nelson, Kansas State University

Best Management Practices in the CEAP Goodwater Creek Watershed: What, Where, and Why?Claire Baffaut, USDA-ARS, Missouri

Economic and Water Quality Effects of Multiple Conservation Practices in Three Midwest WatershedsCatherine Kling, Iowa State University

CEAP Watershed Assessment Studies in Iowa: Lessons learned from a collaborative effortMark Tomer, USDA-ARS, Iowa

USDA-ARS CEAP Watershed Assessment Studies in MissouriBob Lerch, USDA-ARS, Missouri

Watershed Models

Using Watershed Models to Assess Watershed Needs and Project Impacts: What Models Are, When to Use Them, Shortcomings and StrengthsKyle Mankin, Kansas State University

Case Study: Using Watershed Models to Target Best Management Practices in the Pomona Lake Watershed in KansasKyle Mankin, Kansas State University

( Both Kyle Mankin Presentations combined)

Panel Discussion: How Agencies Assess Impact
Assessing EPA 319 ProgramsSteve Schaff, EPA Region 7
Assessing NRCS ProgramsMike Kucera, NRCS Nebraska
Assessing TMDL ImplementationTom Stiles, Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Outdoor In-Field Visits

Herschel George and Will Boyer Field Presentation Identifying and Evaluating Critical Areas – Phil Barnes, Kansas State University

Assessment Tools for Stream and FieldHerschel George and Will Boyer, Kansas State University

Day 3

Assessing Water Quality Using Handheld Assessment ToolsAdam Kiel, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Evaluating Watershed Projects – How Will We Know If there is an Impact?Don Snethen, Retired, Watershed Management Section, Kansas Department of Health & Environment

Kansas Group DiscussionDiscussion Groups -

Iowa Group

Kansas Group

Missouri Group

Nebraska Group

Heartland Extension Publication Group

Photo Gallery

For Thumbnails of all photos, click here.

Phil Barnes, KSU - Field Presentation ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 )

Herschel George and Will Boyer, KSU - Field Presentation ( 1, 2, 3 )

General Tour ( 1, 2 )

Discovery Tour ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 )

Tree Adventure ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 )

Workshop ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 )

Group Discussion ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 )

Questions/Comments: Amanda Schielke, Kansas State University

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National Water Program

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The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Partners in the Heartland Regional Initiative are also equal opportunity providers and employers.

- This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Agreement No. 2008-51130-19526.

Photograph by Tom Schultz, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Iowa State University

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