State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2006NH60B
Title: Water Quality Change-Effects of Development in Selected Watersheds
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2006
End Date: 2/28/2009
Congressional District: NH01
Focus Categories: Non Point Pollution, Nutrients, Surface Water
Keywords: lake, stream, groundwater, nutrients, land use
Principal Investigator: Schloss, Jeffrey (University of New Hampshire)
Federal Funds: $ 5,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 15,556
Abstract: The proposed investigation would allow for the improvement of predictive models used for watershed planning and management for both inland lake watersheds (where phosphorus is the concern) as well as costal and river watersheds (where nitrogen is a concern). The benefits of this are wide ranging from assisting watershed stewardship education efforts throughout the state and region to providing existing watershed based programs like the EPA Basins Model Initiative, the statewide 303d listing process (under the federal Clean Water Action Program) as well as regional and state initiatives (US EPA Region 1 and NE states) to develop total daily maximum loading criteria (TMDLs) and nutrient criteria for lakes, rivers and streams. In addition we expect the data to also be useful in attempts to use the regionally developed USGS SPARROW model with greater resolution in terms of scale. The project will also complement current efforts underway to predict receiving water response to nutrient loading for source water protection planning. In addition the work will provide additional data to include in our submissions to EPA's new STORET and for use in our ongoing collaborative web based water quality data distribution project between UNH and the NH Department of Environmental Services. The study is also consistent with ongoing studies undertaken by the UNH WRRC program to document land use change impacts on nutrients in surface water and groundwater.

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Progress/Completion Report, 2007, PDF
Progress/Completion Report, 2008, PDF
Progress/Completion Report, 2009, PDF
Progress/Completion Report, 2010, PDF

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