Rock Creek, Idaho


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  1. Introduction to the Rural Clean Water Program and the Rock Creek (Idaho) RCWP Project

    1. The Rural Clean Water Program
    2. The Rock Creek (Idaho) Rural Clean Water Program Project

  2. Watershed Characteristics

    1. General watershed characteristics
    2. Sub-watersheds within the Project Area
    3. Geology
    4. Soils
    5. Climate
    6. Land Use

  3. Water Resource

    1. Description
    2. How the water resource is used
    3. How the resource is/was classified by the state for designated uses

  4. Water Quality Impairment

    1. Description of impairment (including pollutants and sources)
    2. Effect on designated uses
    3. Process used to determine the impairment, pollutants, and sources

  5. Water Quality Problem Statement

    1. Water quality problem statement developed by the project team
    2. Evaluation of the problem statement
    3. Rewrite of the problem statement, if necessary

  6. Water Quality Objectives and Goals

    1. Water Quality objectives and goals as established by the project
    2. Evaluation of the project's water quality objectives and goals
    3. Rewrite of water quality objectives and goals, if necessary

  7. Land Treatment

    1. Land treatment objectives and goals
    2. Process used to define (and redefine, if applicable) critical areas
    3. Process used to select BMPs and BMP Systems
    4. Land treatment goals, units completed, and percent completed

  8. Agricultural Producer Participation

    1. RCWP Contract History
    2. Incentives used to promote participation
    3. Disincentives to participation
    4. Economic Information

  9. Monitoring and Evaluation

    1. Water Quality Monitoring and Evaluation
      1. Monitoring Design
      2. Variables Measured
      3. Data management and storage
      4. Data analysis and results
      5. Pre- and Post-Project Water Quality
      6. Use of data to demonstrate water quality benefits
      7. Other Info
    2. Land Treatment Tracking and Evaluation
      1. Tracking system used
      2. Use of GIS
      3. Use of data to demonstrate water quality benefits of land treatment
    3. Linkage of Land Treatment and Water Quality Monitoring

  10. Other relevant Water Quality Initiatives or Programs


  11. References

    1. References used in writing the case study
    2. Project Documents

The Rock Creek (Idaho) Rural Clean Water Program project case study was prepared by Judith A. Gale, Water Quality Extension Specialist, North Carolina State University Water Quality Group, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. The sources of the information included in the case study are:

Maret, R., R. Yankey, S. Potter, J. McLaughlin, D. Carter, C. Brockway, R. Jesser, and B. Olmstead. 1991. Rock Creek Rural Clean Water Program Ten Year Report. Cooperators: USDA-ASCS, USDA-SCS, USDA-ARS, Idaho Division of Environmental Quality, Twin Falls and Snake River Soil Conservation Districts. 328p.
Gale, J.A., D.E. Line, D.L. Osmond, S.W. Coffey, J. Spooner, J.A. Arnold, T.J. Hoban, and R.C. Wimberley. 1993. Evaluation of the Experimental Rural Clean Water Program. National Water Quality Evaluation Project, NCSU Water Quality Group, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.(published by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) EPA-841-R-93-005. 559p.
June 1995