Application of Erosion Prediction Models by a User Agency on Private Lands in the United States
Weesies, G. A., G. L. Tibke, and D. L. Schertz.  2001.  Soil Erosion Research for the 21st Century, Pp. 384-387, Proc. Int. Symp. (3-5 January 2001, Honolulu, HI, USA). Eds. J.C. Ascough II and D.C. Flanagan. St. Joseph, MI: ASAE. 701P0007.

The NRCS provides assistance to land users in the use of practices to control erosion. Erosion prediction models are tools used by the NRCS conservationist to develop alternative management systems to control erosion from both wind and water. NRCS has used erosion prediction models for conservation planning for over 30 years, beginning with the USLE and the WEQ. In 1995, the NRCS implemented the RUSLE model to replace the USLE. With the increase of computer access in field offices, NRCS recognized a need to place models in the hands of field conservationists. These models must be simple to use, address today’s land use problems, and be scientifically sound. In 1998, NRCS decided to implement two new models, and place them in its nearly 3000 field offices by 2002. The Wind Erosion Prediction System (WEPS) and the RUSLE2 models are being developed with a common interface called MOSES. This paper presents lessons learned, challenges surfaced, and future plans for these models.