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The Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit studies impacts of agricultural practices and conservation measures on water and soil quality, as well as ecosystem services.
Field-scale monitoring is an important component of runoff research. Sites such as “21 Gun” in the Mississippi Delta allow scientists to study and monitor runoff contributions of nutrients into rivers leading to the Gulf of Mexico.
Ditches, riparian buffers, and grass hedges are just some of the many ecosystems evaluated by WQERU personnel for their ability to mitigate contaminants found in agricultural runoff.
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.
As part of both the Conservation Effects Assessment Program (CEAP) and Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR), Beasley Lake in the Mississippi Delta has been studied since the 1990s.
The Water Quality and Ecology Research is located in Oxford, MS and is part of the Southeast Area.
The Research Leader is Martin Locke.
WATER QUALITY AND ECOLOGY RESEARCH UNIT
598 MC ELROY DRIVE
Oxford, MS 38655