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Research Project: Transport of Nitrogen from Groundwater to Former Cranberry Bogs Along the Coonamessett River

Location: Pasture Systems & Watershed Management Research

Project Number: 8070-13000-015-005-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jan 1, 2020
End Date: Dec 31, 2022

Objective:
The Cooperator will use well established monitoring techniques to determine the concentration of dissolved nitrogen and phosphorus entering the cranberry bogs along the lower section of the Coonamessett River.

Approach:
The Cooperator will install 3 groundwater wells along cranberry bog adjacent to the Coonamessett River. Each well will consist of one 3 inch diameter well casing that is a metal pipe with a locking cap. Wells will be driven to 100 ft. Each will consist of multiple sampling ports internal to the well case, so that water can be drawn from different depths. Well casings will permanently stick up two feet above ground. Wells will be installed with a truck-mounted drilling rig. All subsequent sampling will be on foot. ARS will sample and analyze groundwater for nitrogen and phosphorus concentration by colorimetry on a flow-injection analyzer.