The National Sedimentation Laboratory: 50 years of soil and water research in a changing agricultural environment

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  • Eddy J. Langendoen,

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    1. US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Sedimentation Laboratory, Oxford, MS, USA
    • US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Sedimentation Laboratory, Oxford, MS, USA
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  • F. Douglas Shields Jr,

    1. US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Sedimentation Laboratory, Oxford, MS, USA
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  • Mathias J.M. Römkens

    1. US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Sedimentation Laboratory, Oxford, MS, USA
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Abstract

The papers in this issue are based on selected presentations made at a symposium convened to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Sedimentation Laboratory (NSL) of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), located in Oxford, Mississippi. The mission of the NSL is to find solutions to problems associated with soil erosion and sediment delivery from upland areas, erosion and sedimentation in stream channels, the impact of sediment and other agricultural contaminants on the biological well-being of receiving surface water bodies, and the loss of nutrients and agricultural chemicals from agricultural activities on the landscape. The papers in this issue present a broad overview of current research activities by NSL scientists and their colleagues. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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