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Project ID: 2002DE3B

Title: Graduate Fellowship in Water Quality: Environmental Policies for a Sustainable Poultry Industry in Sussex County, Delaware

Project Type: Research

Focus Categories: Law, Institutions, and Policy, Water Quality, Nutrients

Keywords: animal agriculture, environmental policies, nonpoint source pollution

Start Date: 03/01/2001

End Date: 02/28/2003

Federal Funds: $16,000

Non-Federal Matching Funds: $32,000

Congressional District: At-Large

Principal Investigators:
William F. Ritter
University of Delaware

J. Thomas Sims
University of Delaware

John M. Byrne
University of Delaware


Delaware's ground and surface waters have been negatively impacted by nutrients originating from a variety of land uses. In response to growing public concerns about the effects of nutrients on water quality, in 1999 the Delaware General Assembly established by legislative action a Delaware Nutrient Management Commission to develop and implement a State Nutrient Management Program. The Delaware Water Resources Center has established three graduate Ph.D. fellowships to provide research support for the activities of this commission in their efforts to improve water quality in Delaware. These fellowships provide a unique opportunity for graduate students and faculty to become directly involved in multi-disciplinary research that will contribute to the scientific basis for state policy decisions on nutrient management. Fellowships are provided up to a maximum of three years provided satisfactory progress toward project objectives is maintained. Graduate Fellows are required to (i) make a presentation each year describing their progress at a meeting that will be organized by the Delaware Water Resources Center; (ii) prepare an annual report that summarizes their accomplishments and submit it to the Delaware Water Resources Center.

A Graduate Fellowship addressing Environmental Policies for a Sustainable Poultry Industry in Sussex County, Delaware has been awarded to Lynette Ward, a Ph.D. student in the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Center for Environmental Policy for 2001-2002, based on a review of proposals submitted by potential graduate fellows and their advisors to the DWRC Advisory Panel. Note that this is the final year of this 3-year graduate fellowship

Progress/Completion Report PDF

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