Water Resources Research Act Program

Details for Project ID 2019KS109B

Determining if riparian buffer strip age impacts phosphorus retention potential

Institute: Kansas
Year Established: 2019 Start Date: 2019-06-17 End Date: 2020-06-16
Total Federal Funds: $15,000 Total Non-Federal Funds: $30,065

Principal Investigators: Colby Moorberg

Abstract: Existing at the nexus of streams and uplands, buffer strips provide a wide variety of ecosystem services - most notably improvement in water quality. This is done through removal of sediment, phosphorus (P), nitrogen (N), and other pollutants from runoff from nearby uplands, subsurface water, or floodwaters. Buffer strips also prevent sediment and sediment-bound P from entering streams by stabilizing streambanks and preventing streambank erosion.