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Biologist Wade Steinriede collects runoff samples from the “21-Gun” field-scale monitoring site in the Mississippi Delta. Samples will be analyzed for pesticide, nutrient, and solid concentrations, as well as other water quality parameters.
Research Hydraulic Engineer Robert Wells (foreground) uses a jet erosion tester to collect in-situ data on soil erodibility in an agricultural field. The complexity of soil erodibility causes erosion to be one of the least reliably defined aspects of many water and sediment management projects. The collection of in-situ soil erodibility data provides data to improve predictive erodibility techniques.
Runoff studies using portable rainfall simulators allow scientists to “take the laboratory to the field” and study effects of various soil amendments on erosion transport.
Student Hydrologic Technician Will Andrews prepares to lower a sediment catcher that is being used to study the effect of land use on short-term rates of sediment accumulation in a natural lake located near agricultural fields.
The National Sedimentation Laboratory is located in Oxford, MS and is part of the Southeast Area.
The Laboratory Director is Martin Locke.
NATIONAL SEDIMENTATION LAB
598 MC ELROY DRIVE
Oxford, MS 38655