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New Erosion Resources

photo of dirty runoff
Channel erosion contributes to dirty runoff.

Mapping Erosion to Aid Conservation Planning

Where is the best place to focus conservation practices on farmland? The answer varies depending on many factors, such as the shape and slope of the land and even the conservation practice being introduced. A new research paper by A.C. Pike, T.G. Mueller, A. Schörgendorfer, S.A. Shearer, and A.D. Karathanasis uses logistic regression and neural networks to create maps that highlight areas where channel erosion is common. Grassed waterways can be used to reduce channel erosion, so knowing where the most erosion occurs would be very useful for conservation planning. For more information about this research topic, check out the full article: "Erosion Index Derived from Terrain Attributes using Logistic Regression and Neural Networks." Go to:

EPA Resources for State and Local Governments Environmental Financing Information Network (EFIN)

EFIN is an outreach service offering electronic access to many types of environmental financing information for state and local environmental programs and projects. EFIN maintains a Web site of environmental financial tools, including links to A Guidebook of Financial Tools, publications and links to resources elsewhere on the Internet. See:

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Analysis Tool

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a new website to communicate information about Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Program results to technically specialized audiences, including TMDL developers, state water programs, academia, other federal agency programs, and EPA water quality staff. TMDL is a calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can receive and still meet water quality standards, and an allocation of that load among the various sources of that pollutant. Go to:

ODNR Division of Soil and Water Resources
Watersheds & Soils

Hydrologic soil group map
Hydrologic soil groups show an area's runoff potential. Photo credit: Ohio DNR

What soil information can tell you about a watershed. For more details go to:












"Putting a Price on Riparian Corridors As Water Treatment Facilities"

Continuing in our look at the economics of watersheds, A.L. Riley's recent paper for the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board outlines the monetary values for the water quality ecosystem services provided by streams and their floodplains and establishes the values of stream corridors as natural water treatment facilities. Click here for more information.

Research at the USDA, Agriculture Research Service (ARS)

For a good source on recent research on soil erosion and sediment control go to:

Great Lakes Commission des Grands Lacs.  2805 S. Industrial Highway, Suite 100.  Ann Arbor, MI  48104-6791.  phone: 734/971.9135.  fax: 734/971-9150. GLIN Partner