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Experimental manipulation of entire watersheds through BMP's (bestmanagement practices): nutrient fluxes, fate, and transport and bioticresponses

"The goal of the project is to demonstrate, through the experimental  watershed approach, that implementation of BMP's 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 metphyton, 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 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."

In progress
Start Date
End Date
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Ontario
State Province
New York
Annex Numbers
Control of Phosphorus

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