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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Contaminant Removal by Edge-of-Field Wetlands

Location: Water Quality and Ecology Research

Project Number: 6408-13660-007-06
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jan 01, 2009
End Date: Dec 31, 2013

Objective:
Vegetated edge-of-field flow in floodplain ecosystems can reduce runoff related contaminants. This project seeks to better understand and measure the efficiency of contaminant removal by constructed wetlands, vegetated ditches, and other low-cost management practices needed to improve water quality. These biologically-focused experiments will also further define ecosystem impairment from agriculture and measure the positive effects of potential best management practices.

Approach:
Investigators will cooperate on edge-of-field studies in semi-aquatic and aquatic drainage systems to facilitate ARS efforts in improving the quality of runoff water from agriculture. In an effort to better manage water by edge-of-field practices, specific studies will measure standard WQ parameters and state-of-the-art invertebrate toxicity in controlled experiments for current use insecticides and agriculturally-applied nutrients.

Last Modified: 8/22/2014
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