Water Resources Research Act Program

Details for Project ID 2017KY267B

Effects of stream restoration on pollutant load reductions in an urban watershed

Institute: Kentucky
Year Established: 2017 Start Date: 2017-03-01 End Date: 2018-02-28
Total Federal Funds: $4,825 Total Non-Federal Funds: $9,990

Principal Investigators: Carmen Agouridis

Abstract: The purpose of this work is to determine the effectiveness of using regenerative design techniques coupled with a designed filter media to improve water quality of urban streams. Specific objectives of the project are to: 1) determine the effect of the Montessori Middle School of Kentucky (MMSK) stream restoration project on hydrology, 2) determine the ability of the MMSK stream restoration project to improve water quality, and 3) educate water managers, design professionals, and other stakeholders on strategies to restore urban streams and improve water quality. Comparisons between upstream, middle, and downstream hydrology and water quality will be conducted using a second-order autoregressive model (PROC AUTOREG). The autoregressive model is useful in instances where the present value depends on preceding values, such as in the case of accumulating streamflow (Hann, 1977). Significantly different hydrograph parameters will be further evaluated using a linear mixed model (PROC MIXED).