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Monitoring for short term success of BMP structures in the Harris and Porters Bayou 319 watersheds for altering hydrology and reducing sediment and nutrient concentrations.

Robert Kröger, Dan Prevost

Research Associate:  Austin Omer

This new wave of EPA 319h funds is interested in establishing nutrient reductions as its main operative goal. This project is a collaborative effort with USGS to identify in stream reductions of nutrients as a result of specific management practices.

The work described in this MOA project between the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Delta F.A.R.M is being carried out in conjunction with the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMP) and EPA 319 project in both the Harris and Porters Bayou drainage basins. This data collection and evaluation effort is focused at evaluating three types of BMP structures within the Harris and Porters Bayou watersheds that have the ability to reduce nutrient concentrations. These structures are one edge of field structure, a slotted pipe, a single primary aquatic system drainage structure, low grade weirs, and a water management practice, such as a tail water recovery system or reservoir. Depending on the structure and placement within the landscape evaluation will take occur for: sediments, nutrients and hydrology. These evaluations will be compared to control systems, within the same watershed, as well as within a independent control watershed where no BMP practice has occurred, to evaluate the differences in sediment and nutrient concentrations and loads as well as how structures influence the hydrology of each respective system.

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