Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF)


The ACPF watershed planning toolbox is intended to leverage modern data sources and help local farming communities, better address soil and water conservation needs. We believe water quality challenges can be better met by improving the quality of information used to identify conservation options in watersheds and on farms. High-resolution geo-spatial datasets that can improve the information base available for conservation planning have recently become available. The Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) toolbox can be used within the ArcGIS® (Ver. 10.2 – 10.5) environment to analyze soils, land use, and high-resolution topographic data to identify a broad range of opportunities to install conservation practices in fields and in watersheds. These opportunities can then inform of a non-prescriptive approach to encourage farmers and landowners to become engaged in local watershed improvement.


The ACFP toolbox contains tools to:
Process (or “hydro-condition”) a watershed’s high-resolution topographic data for terrain analyses
Determine which fields within a watershed are most prone to contribute runoff to streams
Identify where field-scale and edge-of-field practices could be installed in your watershed, including:
Drainage water management
Surface Intake Filters or Restored Wetlands
Grassed Waterways
Contour Buffer Strips
Water and Sediment Control Basins
Nutrient Removal Wetlands
Edge-of-field Bioreactors
Map opportunities for riparian management:
Prioritize for runoff interception and to address bank erosion
Opportunities for removal of dissolved nutrients and floodplain re-connection
Saturated riparian buffers

User options are included in every tool to allow flexibility in matching practice-siting criteria to each local setting.

ACPF Version 2.2
Release Notes: 

Now compatible with ArcGIS 10.5

Tool Developers: 

North Central Region Water Network

Land Manager
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