Water Resources Research Act Program

Details for Project ID 2012DE236B

Water Quality Impacts of Landscape Best Management Practices that Enhance Vegetation

Institute: Delaware
Year Established: 2012 Start Date: 2012-06-01 End Date: 2013-02-28
Total Federal Funds: $1,500 Total Non-Federal Funds: $3,000

Principal Investigators: Shreeram Inamdar

Abstract: This project focuses on water quality in runoff that comes from lawns and drainage areas of varying vegetation types in urban/suburban watersheds, including normal vegetation (e.g., primarily turf) and vegetation intended to enhance biodiversity. A total of six sites will be monitored, each draining a different type of watershed: two sites from a turf/lawn land use, two from native meadows, and two from a forested area. Ultimately, this project hopes to introduce the idea of planting native vegetation as a means of providing more sustainable and environmentally friendly urban landscapes.