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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Inferring Relevance of Matrix and Preferential Flow Processes Flow Multi-Year Well Concentration Data

Authors
item Gish, Timothy
item Kung, K - UNIV. OF WI
item Daughtry, Craig

Submitted to: American Society of Agronomy
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: October 19, 2006
Publication Date: November 19, 2006
Citation: Gish, T.J., Kung, K.S., Daughtry, C.S. 2006. Inferring relevance of matrix and preferential flow processes from multi-year well concentration data [abstract]. American Society of Agronomy National Meeting. 2006 CDROM.

Technical Abstract: Preferential and matrix flow are the two dominate processes influencing chemical transport to groundwater. Unfortunately the relevance of these processes is difficult to quantify without chemical flux data. Seventy-one observations times from 31, 3-m wells were evaluated to determine relevance of preferential and matrix flow processes. Spatial and temporal dynamics of atrazine, deethyl-atrazine, metolachlor, phosphorous, and nitrate were monitored over three and a half years. A protocol for statistically evaluating multi-year well observations is presented and discussed. Results indicate that mobile compounds indicate little structure in their transport and as a consequence are responsive to both matrix and preferential flow processes. On the other hand, compounds which have an affinity for the soil matrix appear to be structured and heavily influenced by preferential flow.

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