The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducts edge-of-field monitoring in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) priority watersheds, including the Maumee River basin, to analyze the effects of GLRI-funded best management practices (BMPs) on sediment and nutrient losses from fields.

USGS collects the water data and then partners with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to incorporate on-farm data (like crop and harvest information). Ultimately, this suite of information will allow for the interpretation of changes in runoff quantity and quality due to the implementation of BMPs. The data can also be used to build water quality models.