Improving Stream Water Quality and Reducing Runoff by Improving Farm Soil Health Through Permanent Cover Cropping

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

Scientists are studying how soil structure and soil ecosystem health improve farm fields over a three-year period after shifting from conventional tillage practices to cover cropping. They are also measuring changes in the amount of water, sediment, and nutrient runoff that result from the shift to cover cropping. At the conclusion of the project, watershed scaling models will be used to promote cover crops as a best management practice for mitigating pollution of streams and downstream estuaries.

Funded by: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Principal Investigator: Bernard W. Sweeney


Project Years: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018