State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2008AL71B
Title: Groundwater-Surface Water Contributions of Nitrate Contamination and Discharge to Coastal Surface Waters, Baldwin County, Alabama
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2008
End Date: 2/28/2009
Congressional District: Seventh
Focus Categories: Nitrate Contamination, Groundwater, Surface Water
Keywords: Nutrients, Contaminant Transport, Coastal Zone, Groundwater Hydrology
Principal Investigator: Tick, Geoffrey R.
Federal Funds: $ 160,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 340,410
Abstract: This project will identify the extent of nitrate contamination in the aquifers and in major surface water sources discharging to coastal estuaries and wetlands of southern Baldwin County. This research will determine the sources and contributions of nitrate/nitrogen input to the regional aquifer system and discharge to coastal surface water bodies and the Gulf of Mexico. It is critical to understand the important role that coastal wetlands play as "buffering" systems which can act as natural attenuators of contaminant loading. It is important to understand how elevated levels of nitrate may adversely impact these ecosystems.

Identifying the extent of nitrate contamination in groundwater and determining the sources and contributions of nitrate/nitrogen input to regional coastal surface water bodies is vital to protect both human health and the ecological health of coastal water bodies.

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