Water Quality Index for Runoff from Agricultural Fields (WQI) is currently being developed by the USDA/NRCS-WNTSC National Water Quality/Quantity Team in Portland, Oregon.

    A Water Quality Index (WQI) is driven by a need to evaluate existing conservation practices.

    Purpose / Benefits include:

    • Comparative Assessment over time & space
    • No Substitute for Monitoring/Measurement
    • Evaluating Effect of Conservation Practices
    • Cost Effective and Easy to use
    • Flexible/site-specific adjustments possible