State Water Resources Research Institute Program


Project ID: 2011FL270B
Title: Watershed Management in the face of EPA's New Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Florida Waters
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2012
End Date: 2/28/2013
Congressional District: 6
Focus Categories: Sediments, Law, Institutions, and Policy, Management and Planning
Keywords: Numeric Nutrient Criteria, Paleolimnology, Best Management Practices, Hydrologic, Processes, Riverine Nutrient Dynamics, Aquatic Ecology, Environmental Policy, Systems Modeling
Principal Investigator: Graham, Wendy D
Federal Funds: $ 16,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 34,000
Abstract: The overall goal of this project is to fund an interdisciplinary cohort of 7 Ph. D. Fellows to develop the new knowledge, and creative engineering, management and policy solutions needed to establish and achieve numeric nutrient criteria (NNC) for Florida's waters. Funding for 5 Ph.D. Fellows has been provided by the University of Florida under the Water Institute Graduate Fellows program. In this proposal, partial funding for 2 additional Ph. D. students is requested from the USGS to add additional expertise in the areas of hydrologic processes and aquatic ecology. The education and research of each Fellow will evolve from specific problems and research questions related to management of Florida's water and watersheds under NNC. The unique cross-disciplinary environment of our program will allow an integrated whole that will reflect disciplinary facets associated with this complex problem. Components currently funded by UF include Paleolimnology, Nutrient Best Management Practices, Riverine Nutrient Processing, Environmental Law, Environmental Policy and Governance and Systems Modeling (Original Proposal PIs Brown, Brenner, Clark, Cohen, Hamann, Overdevest). This proposal will fund additional components in either Hydrologic Processes or Aquatic Ecology (Graham and Frazer, respectively).

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