Biological Nitrogen Removal in Sediment Plumes: A Critical but Missing Component of Watershed Models

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

Nutrient export from rivers is closely tied to sediment plumes that form during storms. By using experiments and methods to peer inside these sediment plumes, this project will discover how biological processes change nutrients while sediment plumes move downstream. The results will lead to more accurate watershed management models and better decisions on where best management practices can be most effective in agricultural watersheds.

Funded by: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Principal Investigators: Marc Peipoch and Jinjun Kan

Collaborator: Shreeram Inamdar (University of Delaware)

Project years: 2020, 2021, 2022