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Measurement guide of soil depth.

Natural Capital Project.

"RIOS is a free and open source software tool that supports the design of cost-effective investments in watershed services. RIOS provides a standardized, science-based approach to watershed management in contexts throughout the world. It combines biophysical, social, and economic data to help users identify the best locations for protection and restoration activities in order to maximize the ecological return on investment, within the bounds of what is socially and politically feasible."

State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry; U. S. Forest Service and others.

"Hydro is a stand alone application designed to simulate the effects of changes in tree and impervious cover characteristics within a defined watershed on stream flow and water quality. It was designed specifically to handle urban vegetation effects so urban natural resource managers and urban planners can quantify the impacts of changes in tree and impervious cover on local hydrology to aid in management and planning decisions."

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"The objective of the Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST) is to serve as a public-domain, efficient, and user-friendly tool for local water resources managers and planners to screen a wide-range of potential water resources management options across their watershed or jurisdiction for cost-effectiveness as well as environmental and economic sustainability."

Environmental Protection Agency.

Software, publications, and program descriptions from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Environmental Protection Agency.

Provides access to Manual of Methods for Virology, Information Collection Requirements Rule - Protozoa and Enteric Virus Sample Collection Procedures, a bibliography of EPA supported research in environmental microbiology (1990-1995), and images of water-borne microorganisms.

USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

A cooperative national program to improve the quality of the nation's water resources. The program is a partnership of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and land grant colleges and universities.

Organization of American States. Department of Sustainable Development.

"Builds and strengthens water resources partnerships among nations, organizations, and individuals; promotes education and the open exchange of information and technical expertise; and enhances communication, cooperation, collaboration and financial commitment to integrated water and land resources management within the context of environmental and economic sustainability in the Americas."

Environmental Protection Agency.

"This guidance is for use by states and EPA regional offices in
considering economics at various points in the process of setting or
revising water quality standards."