Extent of available data.
This data layer is the Environmental Benefits (EB) Soil Erosion Risk map. It was developed by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources and the Natural Resources Research Institute. The EB Soil Erosion Risk represents the potential for soil erosion. It is based on a number of factors, including climate, soil type, and slope. The risk is calculated using a subset of the Universal Soil Loss Equation. Erosion is one of the major contributors to water quality impairment. The soil that enters a body of water decreases clarity and can also carry pollutants and nutrients. The scores are a relative ranking across most of the state. Although it was developed to help identify and rank areas for conservation efforts, the EB Soil Erosion Risk is useful for many purposes.