State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2008KY111B
Title: Evaluating carbon pool patterns in agricultural and forested streams along Kentucky Lake
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2008
End Date: 2/28/2009
Congressional District: KY First
Focus Categories: Agriculture, Geochemical Processes, Water Quality
Keywords: riparian, sediment, stream ecosystems
Principal Investigator: Handayani, Iin
Federal Funds: $ 5,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 10,002
Abstract: Previous studies show that natural processes and human activities have changed the distribution of carbon pools in soils, sediments, and streams. However, there is very little known about the carbon pool patterns in streams under contrasting watershed land-uses, such as agriculture and forest. Kentucky Lake provides a unique study site to investigate carbon pool patterns in two contrasting stream environments with respect to differences in land-use and water quality. To fully understand the dynamics of biogeochemical processes of streams that may be involved in water quality and biota, the patterns of carbon pools within contrasting stream ecosystems (agriculture vs. forest) will be investigated. This project will study the patterns of total organic carbon and particulate organic carbon in sediments and riparian soils at different depths to determine the effect of contrasting watershed land-use on nitrate and phosphate concentration in surface water.

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