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Title: Can we treat enough water to meet water quality goals

item Feyereisen, Gary

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/29/2017
Publication Date: 3/30/2017
Citation: Feyereisen, G.W. 2017. Can we treat enough water to meet water quality goals.Proceedings of the Multi-State Research Coordinating Committal and Information Exchange Group Annual Meeting. Drainage Design and Management Practices to Improve Water Quality, March 29-30, 2017, Champaign, Illinois.

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Technical Abstract: Denitrifying woodchip bioreactors are sized to treat a portion of subsurface drainage flow from a given system. Over sizing them can create conditions under which unintended consequences could occur. A potential solution for treating additional water is to use a cascading series of bioreactor cells that come on line as overflow is initiated from the previous cell. A three-cell biorector of the described design has been engineered, installed, and operated in southern Minnesota on a 277-ha watershed. This presentation will highlight the instrumentation and early flow and water quality results from the first few months of operation.