Project Number: 8070-13000-014-06-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Jul 1, 2015
End Date: Jun 30, 2018
The objective of the project is to support establishment of a water quality center at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) by partially funding salary for an Agricultural Engineer with watershed modeling skills to complement existing expertise and fill a critical gap.
This project will initiate a formal collaboration between the newly established Chesapeake Water Quality Center at UMES and the USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit (University Park, PA) and add watershed modeling capabilities to the skills and areas of expertise of existing Center members. The resulting team will work closely to complete several existing research activities, including Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) funded installation and monitoring of bioreactors in collaboration with colleagues from Virginia Tech; CIG funded development of regional revisions to the phosphorus index in collaboration with colleagues from Cornell University, The Pennsylvania State University, University of Delaware, University of Maryland, and University of West Virginia; and activities under the Environmental Protection Agency funded Center for Integrated Multi-Scale Nutrient Pollution Solutions (Center for Nutrient Solutions or CNS). Additionally, the team will develop grant proposals to fund future research efforts. Results from these research activities are directly related to national priorities and objectives of ARS National Program 211: Water Availability and Watershed Management.