State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2003NH21B
Title: Water Quality and the Landscape: Long-term monitoring of rapidly developing suburban watersheds
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2011
End Date: 2/28/2012
Congressional District: NH01
Focus Categories: Non Point Pollution, Surface Water, Nutrients
Keywords: Long-term, water quality, water supply, land use change, development, nitrogen
Principal Investigator: William H. McDowell (University of New Hampshire)
Federal Funds: $ 31,443
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 80,725
Abstract: New Hampshire's surface waters are a very valuable resource, contributing to the state's economic base through recreation (fishing, boating, and swimming), tourism and real estate values, and drinking water supplies. The rapid population growth that New Hampshire is experiencing threatens the state's water supplies and ecosystem health. The proposed work will continue documentation of long-term changes to water quality in response to changing land use and management practices as a result of population growth. There are several components to this project, drawing from the efforts of local watershed monitoring groups, as well as on-going research projects by UNH staff and students, all leading to long-term datasets of water quality in New Hampshire. These water quality datasets could support the development, testing and refinement of predictive models, accurately assess the impacts of watershed management practices on drinking water supplies, and be potential early warning signs of dramatic changes to surface water quality in the region resulting from rapid development.

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