Edge Of Field And Priority Watershed (Waterville) Monitoring

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The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is an interagency effort that seeks to accelerate ecosystem restoration in the Great Lakes by confronting threats to the region, such as nonpoint source pollution. Three Priority Watersheds have been targeted (Fox/Green Bay, Saginaw, and Maumee) and are characterized by having a high density of agricultural land use and have ecosystem impairments clearly identified. As part of the GLRI, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have partnered to conduct environmental research on privately owned farms. The monitoring methods are modeled after previous USGS studies in which locations are targeted within each watershed that will be directly affected by conservation efforts. This method will allow for a rapid assessment of water-quality changes due to conservation efforts and represent the major pathways for nonpoint source pollution to enter the stream. This includes the edges of fields and subsurface tile drains, and the effect of this water on streams receiving runoff water. (MORE...)