This project investigates how different agricultural management practices influence water quality and soil health. Using Rodale Institute’s 37-year-old Farming Systems Trial and a recent transition to organic farming at the Stroud Preserve, it examines the effect of farming techniques on water infiltration, runoff, and nutrient, contaminant, and sediment export. Results will inform practices that can reduce contamination and flooding in the Delaware River watershed.
Funded by: William Penn Foundation
Collaborators: Jeff Moyer, Emmanuel Omondi, Andrew Smith, Gladis Zinati, Diana Martin, Yichao Rui, and Kirsten Pearsons (Rodale Institute); Raven Bier (Savannah River Ecology Lab, University of Georgia)
Project Years: 2019, 2020