"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."
Experimental manipulation of entire watersheds through BMP's (bestmanagement practices): nutrient fluxes, fate, and transport and bioticresponses
Scope of Study
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Control of Phosphorus