Water Resources Research Act Program

Details for Project ID 2011FL270B

Watershed Management in the face of EPA's New Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Florida Waters

Institute: Florida
Year Established: 2011 Start Date: 2011-03-01 End Date: 2016-02-28
Total Federal Funds: $73,600 Total Non-Federal Funds: $152,400

Principal Investigators: Wendy Graham

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 Floridas 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, 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 Hydrologic Processes and Aquatic Ecology (Graham and Frazer, respectively).