2010 Annual Report
Specifically this agreement directly addresses related project Objective 2: Evaluate landscape-scale controls on nutrient transfers to quantify aggregate N and P losses from farming systems and watersheds typical of the Northeast, and Objective 4: Determine effectiveness of conservation practices (BMPs) in the Cannonsville/Town Brook Watershed and other appropriate watersheds (CEAP-related).
A no-cost extension was executed to extend this agreement until August 31, 2011. Danny Welsch serves as Lead Scientist for CVI on this project. The remaining project funds are being redirected to conduct collaborative research on stream restoration and sedimentation issues in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Both of these issues were identified as key research priorities in the initial cooperative agreement that was established in 2007.
In January 2010, a team of researchers from CVI, USDA-ARS, West Virginia University, and Virginia Tech convened in Cacapon, West Virginia to outline a project that evaluates the effectiveness of stream restoration on reducing sediment erosion in agricultural watersheds. The project will combine information from environmental tracers (e.g., 137Cs, rare earth elements, etc.), remote sensing, and basic hydrometric and water quality data to quantify suspended sediment contributions from landscape and streambank sources before and after the installation of different stream restoration practices.
The research team also met several times during the spring of 2010 to identify potential research sites and to develop a monitoring strategy. The Cacapon River watershed, an agricultural watershed located in West Virginia, was selected for study because it has a history of streambank erosion and sedimentation problems. Several mainstem and tributary sites were identified and targeted for intensive monitoring based on existing and planned stream restoration installations. While some monitoring is already in place on the mainstem Cacapon through funding provided by a NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant, the majority of the proposed work is slated to begin during the fall of 2010. Two graduate students (1 Va. Tech and 1 WVU) will be trained on this project.
A second set of LiDAR data were originally scheduled to be collected on the Mahantango Creek watershed (WE-38) in east-central Pennsylvania in late March 2010. At the time of the scheduled flight, CVI was in the process of transferring its LiDAR operation to West Virginia University. As a result, plans for data collection were rescheduled for sometime during the fall of 2010 after leaf-off.