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Designing Impact Assessments for Evaluating Ecological Effects of Agricultural Conservation Practices on Streams

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This resource aims to provide cross-disciplinary managers and decision-makers with guidelines for developing impact assessments that effectively and efficiently consider anthropogenic impacts on aquatic resources.

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The resource includes an example of the guiding principles in action as a case study
The resource provides guidance specific to impact assessments, rather than the typical monitoring protocol, which may not be applicable to targeted problems
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As the presented recommendations are meant to act as a standardized guide, many are nonspecific and would require alteration to suit different situations
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United States Geological Survey
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This resource presents five guiding principles for designing standardized impact assessments that better evaluate the influence of agricultural practices on the health of aquatic ecosystems within a watershed.


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