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Experimental Manipulation of Entire Watersheds through BMPs (Best Management Practices): Nutrient Fluxes, Fate, and Transport and Biotic Responses

The goal of the project is to demonstrate, through the experimental   watershed approach, that implementation of BMPs in agriculturally   dominated watersheds will preserve soil and reduce nutrient loss   from a series of subwatersheds. A second goal is to evaluate the   impact of instituted BMPs by considering the impacts on the   downstream lake community. A third goal is to evaluate fate and   transport of nutrients over space and time. Specifically,   researchers hypothesize not only reductions in nutrient and soil   losses from watersheds but also a resultant decrease in metaphyton,   coliform bacteria and macrophyte populations at stream mouths. A   valuable data set with a good experimental design now exists that is   just beginning to produce results. In the "Progress Report", several   exciting "short-term (1.5 yrs)" results are reported. As suggested   in the initial funding, watersheds do not instantly react to a   manipulation. Through extension and education, this project will   demonstrate to the NYS farming community, the utility and   effectiveness of the implemented BMPs allowing regional policy   makers and managers to develop strategies for improving land usage   in watersheds while improving water quality and decreasing abundance   of nuisance plant species in downstream ecosystems. As such, this   renewal is a logical step, a catalyst and a mechanism for the   farming community to be proactive in watershed issues. Ultimately,   our work expands the basic understanding of the effects of BMPs to   control non-point source pollution while contributing toward the   goal of improving water quality of downstream systems. The diverse   nature of the Conesus Lake Watershed Group allows for dissemination   of information to a wide audience at the local, regional and   national level.    (nutrients); (nutrient loading); (eutrophication); (algal bloom);   (algal blooms); (land use)

In progress
Start Date
End Date
Joseph MakarewiczPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 3 projects

Funding 1 projects for a total of $24,000.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Laboratory Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Impact of Pollutants
Nutrients, Including Phosphorus
Natural Physical/Geological Processes
Land Use and Habitat
State Province
New York
Annex Numbers
Control of Phosphorus
Pollution from Contaminated Groundwater
Research & Development
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Control of Phosphorus
    Pollution from Contaminated Groundwater
    Research & Development
  • Annex 17

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