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School Branch Watershed

Starkey Farms 2011

CEES is continuing to build on more than 10 years of research in the Eagle Creek Watershed by entering into an innovative collaboration between a federal agency, a state University, and a family farm. To better quantify the effects of agricultural practices on water quality and quantity, the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has developed a new national program, Edge-of-Field (EOF) sampling. In this program the NRCS contracts with  farmers to directly monitor water quality in their fields. The first EOF project in Indiana is at Starkey Farms in the School Branch watershed (a subwatershed of the Eagle Creek watershed). CEES is excited to collaborate with Starkey Farms and the NRCS in this project. For the next 6 years, CEES affiliated scientists and students will be monitoring water quality at Starkey Farms. This is a major step towards sustainable water resources in the Eastern Corn Belt, and CEES is proud to be part of it. Please check back regularly for more details, or contact us for more information.  

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