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Walnut Creek watershed is a small watershed with an area of about 5,130 hectares.  It is located southwest of Ames, Iowa, in the heart of the corn belt.  This watershed is characterized by fairly level topography and rich soils that developed under prairie and prairie pothole wetlands.  More than 80% of this watershed is planted to corn and soybean row crops.
Buck Creek Watershed is located south of Grinnell, Iowa.  This
watershed is about 8190 hectares in area, and is characterized by more topographic relief than Walnut Creek.  This watershed also differs from Walnut Creek in having more land enrolled in the CRP program (16% of the watershed in 1994), in pasture and in hay.  In addition, the Buck Creek watershed has more forest cover than the Walnut Creek watershed.