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Northwest Watershed Research Center -USDA Agricultural Research Service

Primary CZO Partner Organization

The Northwest Watershed Research Center (NWRC), USDA Agricultural Research Center is our main partner in the Reynolds Creek CZO and has six full time scientists working at the Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed (RCEW). The mission of the NWRC compliments the objectives of the CZO program: “To provide knowledge and technology for management of semi-arid rangeland watersheds; to quantitatively describe the hydrologic processes and interactive influences of climate, soils, vegetation, topography, and management on rangeland systems; to develop information, simulation models, and tools that can be used by action agencies and producers in determining optimum management strategies; and to maintain long-term databases for scientific applications.” Much of the success of the unit has been through cooperative research with academic institutions and has published over 400 publications associated with the RCEW.

The NWRC developed and has administered the Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed (RCEW) for over 50 years. The Reynolds Creek CZO works within this framework and will utilize the NWRC to communicate with stakeholders and coordinate research activities within the RCEW.