For the first time, information collected during the past 40 years from instruments on large watersheds across the country is available online, thanks to an Agricultural Research Service Web site.
The Web site, called STEWARDS (Sustaining the Earth's Watersheds, Agricultural Research Data System), has interactive maps of watersheds. The site allows users to see the topography of the watersheds and the instrument locations, as well as download data.
Jean Steiner, director of the ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory in El Reno, Okla., came up with the idea of organizing data from watersheds nationwide into one site with a standardized format. One key purpose is to make the information available to people involved in the Conservation Effects Assessment Project and to expand the usefulness of the information gathered at each watershed for nationwide analyses.
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