- Beak Consultants Ltd., Guelph, Ont., and Conservation
Management Systems, Waterloo, Ont.
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Completed: March, 1990
This Master Implementation Plan (MIP)
documents the program designed to fulfil the information objectives of
the Pilot Watershed Sub-program (PWS) of
SWEEP. This report presents the plan for the
collection and management of agronomic and environmental information
from the Pilot Watershed Sub-program - namely relating to soils, crops,
social reaction and attitudes, economic factors, meteorology, hydrology
and water quality.
The goal of the PWS is:
This goal requires the comprehensive
implementation of conservation farming practices on all farms in small
test watersheds and the subsequent monitoring of these
test watersheds along with closely matched
control watersheds over a period of several crop seasons in
order to detect field, farm and watershed scale benefits resulting from
these measures. To be of value to the farming community, public agencies
and others, findings of the study must be effectively communicated.
The MIP culminates a planning phase
for the PWS involving watershed selection, and the development of
protocols and schedules for monitoring and analysis, and for enlisting
farm cooperator support and involvement. Its completion marks the
initiation of the on-farm phase of the PWS commencing with farm planning
and basin instrumentation.
The purpose of this document is to
provide a blueprint for implementation of the on-farm phase of the PWS.
The following objectives are addressed in separate sections in this
Characterization of the study
watersheds, the relevant soil and water conservation issues in these
areas and the conservation farming practices that address these
Identification of the research
objectives and goals, data requirements and monitoring efforts that
are required in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the
conservation programs implemented. This section includes
considerations of the environmental parameters, soil characteristics
and loss, and crop productivity.
Description of on-farm
implementation plans including farm planning methods and arrangements
for record keeping and cooperator involvement and compensation.
Socioeconomic considerations are also discussed.
This plan establishes the Terms of
Reference for the implementation of the PWS at the farm and
sub-watershed levels. Some alterations and improvements to the original
proposed work plan have been made in light of the facts that study areas
and resources have now been established and complimentary projects have
been established and initiated (i.e. detailed soils surveys and
watershed water quality monitoring).
This plan does not address the
evaluation program, information exchange, project organization and
management, or synthesis and reporting. These aspects of the PWS are
discussed in subsequent documents.
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