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Watershed Management for Water Quality Improvement: the role of agricultural research

 

Land and water management is increasingly being based on watersheds. The watershed approach is being promoted as a means of bringing about environmental improvements, particularly at scales that require changes by multiple landholders. This report provides an outline of the implementation of watershed programs in the United States, with particular reference to examples in New York State. It describes the regulatory framework that largely drives implementation, and indicates where research fits in with watershed implementation programs.