History of the USDA-ARS Experimental Watersheds on the Washita River, Oklahoma

by Jurgen D. Garbrecht,
Patrick J. Starks,
Jean L. Steiner,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2007: Restoring Our Natural Habitat

Abstract: A national experimental watershed network, operated by the Agricultural Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture, was established in 1959 to conduct research on the effects of flood retarding structures, upland soil and water conservation practices, and land management on downstream water quantity and quality. Three large watersheds of this network are on the Washita River in Oklahoma, approximately 50 to 80 kilometers south-west of Oklahoma City. They are the Southern Great Plains Research Watershed (SGPRW; 2,900 km2), the Little Washita River Experimental Watershed (LWREW; 610 km²), and the Fort Cobb Reservoir Experimental Watershed (FCREW; 790 km²).

Subject Headings: Watersheds | Rivers and streams | History | Water conservation | Water quality | Irrigation water | Soil water | Soil structures | Floods | North America | Oklahoma | United States | Oklahoma City

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