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County-level livestock data for the Pacific drainages of the United States, 2012


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Wise, D.R., 2019, County-level livestock data for the Pacific drainages of the United States, 2012: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is developing SPARROW models (SPAtially Related Regressions On Watershed Attributes) to assess the transport of contaminants (e.g., nutrients) through the Pacific drainages of the United States (the Columbia River basin; the coastal drainages of Washington, Oregon, and California; the Klamath River basin; the Central Valley of California, and the west slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains). SPARROW relates instream water quality measurements to spatially referenced characteristics of watersheds, including contaminant sources and the factors influencing terrestrial and aquatic transport. The population of livestock within a watershed is a potential factor affecting nutrient delivery to streams. The [...]


Point of Contact :
Daniel Wise
Originator :
Daniel Wise
Metadata Contact :
Daniel Wise
Publisher :
U.S. Geological Survey
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
SDC Data Owner :
Oregon Water Science Center
USGS Mission Area :
Water Resources

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The purpose of this data set is to provide water-quality and land management analysts with information for assessing the importance of livestock in the Pacific drainages of the United States. The existing national data set of county-level livestock and manure nutrient data for the United States does not separate manure nutrients between cattle housed in AFO’s (animal feeding operations) and cattle free to roam on grazing land. The new dataset, which does include this break out, could be useful in watershed modeling, as well as other types of water-quality and land management analyses in the western United States.



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DOI doi:10.5066/P9MYHLJ6

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