Integrating Agricultural BMPs into the International Stormwater BMP Database
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In 2011, the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) initiated a collaborative effort to expand the International Stormwater BMP Database to include agricultural BMPs. Improved understanding of agricultural BMP performance will lead to more informed decision-making and more cost-effective solutions for managing agricultural runoff.

For many watersheds, scientifically sound knowledge of both urban and agricultural BMP performance is needed to develop watershed-based approaches to reduce pollutant loading to waterbodies. The WERF/NCGA Agricultural BMP Database (“WERF/NCGA Database”) effort is intended to build upon research already conducted by a variety of federal and state agencies, university researchers, and others. This effort is being conducted in several phases, as described further on the project website ( The first phase of the project includes a literature review to ensure that previous efforts and existing resources are appropriately considered in the development of the WERF/NCGA Database and to identify studies that may be appropriate for inclusion in the first release of the Database during Phase 2 of the project.

This literature review serves as the Task 2 deliverable for Phase 1 of the WERF/NCGA Database effort. This research also supports Task 1 related to development of a beta version of the WERF/NCGA Database by summarizing previous agricultural BMP database efforts. The Phase 1 literature review is limited to row crops; however, as project sponsors in other agricultural sectors are added, project efforts may extend beyond row crops. The purposes of this literature review include:

  • Identify readily available, high value, literature sources to help shape the reporting protocols/data elements in Task 1.
  • Identify the general form of agricultural BMP studies to determine the type of information available to populate a database.
  • Identify an initial high-priority list of potential data providers/sources for the next phase of the project.

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Publication Summary

  • Geosyntec Authors: Eric Strecker, Marc Leisenring
  • All Authors: Jennifer Keyes, Jane Clary, Jonathan Jones, Eric Strecker, Marc Leisenring
  • Title: Integrating Agricultural BMPs into the International Stormwater BMP Database
  • Event or Publication: Proceedings of 44th International Erosion Control Association Annual Conference on Environmental Connection 2013, International Erosion Control Association
  • Practice Areas: Watershed and Stormwater Management, Water and Natural Resources Assessment, Management, and Restoration
  • Date: 2013
  • Location: San Diego, California