Watershed Planning Tool: Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF)

Watershed Planning Tool: Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF)

IOWA 2-meter Elevation Data released…see below
ACPF data for Wisconsin released
ACPF Version 2 Now Available 
  • The ACPF Toolbox updated to include tools for saturated buffers and bioreactors
  • Existing tools have been optimized for better performance and results
  • Land use data has been updated to include 2015 field season
  • Soils data have been updated and revised
  • Compatible with ArcGIS 10.4 and TauDEM 5.35
Facilitating Conservation Planning in Agricultural Watersheds

The ACPF watershed planning toolbox is intended to leverage modern data sources and help local farming communities better address soil and water conservation needs. We believe water quality challenges can be better met by improving the quality of information used to identify conservation options in watersheds and on farms. High-resolution geo-spatial datasets that can improve the information base available for conservation planning have recently become available. The Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) toolbox can be used within the ArcGIS® (Ver. 10.2 – 10.4) environment to analyze soils, land use, and high-resolution topographic data to identify a broad range of opportunities to install conservation practices in fields and in watersheds. These opportunities can then inform of a non-prescriptive approach to encourage farmers and landowners to become engaged in local watershed improvement.

Training resources and workshops will be available – bookmark this website and check back later to learn more.

THE ACPF TOOLBOX CONTAINS TOOLS TO:
  • Process (or “hydro-condition”) a watershed’s high-resolution topographic data for terrain analyses (hydrologic flow-routing, slope analyses).
  • Determine which fields within a watershed are most prone to contribute runoff to streams.
  • Identify where field-scale and edge-of-field practices could be installed in your watershed, including: drainage water management, surface intake filters or restored wetlands in topographic depressions, grassed waterways, contour buffer strips, water and sediment control basins, and nutrient removal wetlands. Version 2 adds an edge-of-field Bioreactor tool.
  • Map functional opportunities for improved riparian management in a watershed by showing where interception of runoff should be prioritized, where bank erosion may be occurring, and where low-lying areas offer opportunities for removal of dissolved nutrients and floodplain reconnection. New in version 2, identifying opportunities for saturated riparian buffers.
  • Updating utilities are available to assist with management of watershed data, including updating of land use and field boundary data.

User options are included in every tool to allow flexibility in matching practice-siting criteria to each local setting.

Download the ACPF Toolbox

A number of enhancements have been made to the ACPF Toolbox and database at version 2. The changes to the Toolbox include new tools for Bioreactors and Saturated Buffers and refinements to existing tools – the changes can be found in a document HERE. The ACPF Database has been updated to include the 2015 NASS CDL and the current version of the NRCS soils data. These changes require that the ACPF Version 2 Toolbox and Database are used together. It is strongly encouraged that users replace the original ACPF Toolbox with the new version and update their database to the new structure. Read some notes on moving from Version 1 to Version 2, HERE.

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE NEW APCF TOOLBOX VERSION 2 (AND USER MANUAL) HERE.
LAND USE AND SOILS DATA:

Recent land use, field boundary, and soil survey information for individual HUC12 watersheds in Iowa, Illinois, southern Minnesota, eastern Kansas, and portions of Nebraska, Missouri, and Wisconsin can be downloaded HERE . Via this ACPF land use viewer web page, users may navigate to individual HUC12 watersheds, view land-use maps, and download land use and soils data that can be directly used as input data for the ACPF toolbox. Before developing information on conservation priorities and opportunities using the ACPF toolbox, users will need to obtain elevation data for their watershed.

Land use and soils data for 590 HUC12 watersheds in 28 counties of Wisconsin have been added to the ACPF online data holdings. The data primarily cover western and south western Wisconsin with some data available near the base of the Door Peninsula. The data are available via the ACPF land use viewer web page.

ELEVATION DATA:

IOWA 2-meter DEM Download

The ACPF Development Team at the USDA/ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, in cooperation with the Iowa State University GIS Facility (ISUGISF) are pleased to announce web access to state-wide, high-resolution elevation data for Iowa. These data are being made available in support of the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) and other GIS applications. The new release and accompanying information is available on the ACPF DEM page, on the ISUGISF web. The ISUGISF has created an ArcGIS Server application to download 2-meter DEM by HUC12 watershed for the state of Iowa. The DEM data can be accessed at http://www.gis.iastate.edu/gisf/projects/acpf.

ACPF FORUM:

The ACPF Forum is an online group for discussing technical issues related to using the ACPF tools. Anyone can view the discussions at https://groups.google.com/a/umn.edu/d/forum/acpf-group. To participate, first join the group by sending an email to mailto:acpf-group+subscribe@umn.edu

WHERE HAS THE ACPF BEEN USED?

The map below shows where ACPF analyses have been run. Click on a watershed to learn who did the work.

View larger map

Submit watersheds to add to this map by completing this. If you have a large number of watersheds to submit, email alewand@umn.edu to get a spreadsheet form.

Further information:

Premise of the ACPF Framework

In leveraging newly available data sources to effectively improve conservation planning information, we need to consider that:

Examples of Output Maps

Examples of output maps and a conservation plan combining several of the output maps :

Articles

Tomer, M.D., S.A. Porter, D.E. James, K.M.B. Boomer, J.A. Kostel, and E. McLellan. 2013. Combining precision conservation technologies into a flexible framework to facilitate agricultural watershed planning. Journal of Soil & Water Conservation. 68:113A-120A.

Tomer, M.D., S.A. Porter, K.M.B. Boomer, D.E. James, J.A. Kostel, M.J. Helmers, T.M. Isenhart, and E. McLellan. 2015. Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework: 1. Developing Multipractice Watershed Planning Scenarios and Assessing Nutrient Reduction Potential J. Environ. Qual. 44(3):754-767

Tomer, M.D., K.M.B. Boomer, S.A. Porter, B.K. Gelder, D.E. James, and E. McLellan. 2015. Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework: 2. Classification of Riparian Buffer Design Types with Application to Assess and Map Stream Corridors J. Environ. Qual. 44(3):768-779

Webinar

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 9-11:30 a.m. CT: An Introduction to the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework  – Watch here
Wednesday, October 7, 2016: An Introduction to the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework – Watch here 

Press Release

September 2015, AgResearch Magazine: Toolset Identifies Water Conservation Options

The ACPF was developed at the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment (NLAE), of the USDA-Agricultural Research Service. The development team was led by Mark Tomer and NLAE is located in Ames Iowa.

Early versions of the ACPF toolbox were developed under a Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) awarded by USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service to the Environmental Defense Fund; Eileen McLellan was the project coordinator.