The Stroud Preserve riparian reforestation project is a demonstration of the three-zone Riparian Forest Buffer System (RFBS) developed by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service. Between 1992 and 2009, the project involved three experimental agricultural watersheds in the Stroud Preserve, a southeastern Pennsylvania farm protected by conservation easements.
12 °C Temp
1145 mm Precip
Parent Field Area:
Christina River Basin ▲
agricultural land, forest land, urban or built-up land
The streams are in the drainage of the Brandywine River, which flows into the Delaware Estuary. Prior to 1992, all three watersheds were primarily in crop production (maize, soybeans, hay) under a soil conservation plan including contouring and crop rotation. Water quality was compromised by elevated nutrients and suspended sediments. The primary objectives of the riparian reforestation project were to:
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Christina River Basin - Stream Water Temperatures (2007-2014)
8 components • Christina River Basin, Halfway Run, Mine Hill Run, Morris Run, White Clay Creek @ SWRC, Forest Endmember: Spring Brook, Riparian Buffer Experiment @ Stroud Preserve/Georgia Farm • Water Chemistry • Sweeney, B.; Funk, D.; Newbold, J. D.; Kaplan, L. A.; Damiano, S. G.; Kline, F.; West, H.
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There is an exceptionally long climate record for the Christina River Basin. Our figures are based on 115 years of NOAA data back to 1894 with at least one station per year having at least 360 days of non-missing records in the given year. Visit the climate tab for the entire Christina River Basin to view plots of climate data.
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Land use/cover data from the National Land Cover Dataset for 2006.