Assessment and Selection of Sentinel Watersheds for Addressing Impaired Waters
Bruce Wilson and John Nieber - University of Minnesota Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, email@example.com, (612) 625-6770
The goal of this project is to select sentinel watersheds in Minnesota. These are watersheds that will be used to monitor changes in water quality as a result of conservation practices on the ground.
A sentinel watershed is essentially a model; data collected in a sentinel watershed allows researchers to infer what they would see in another area of the state that has similar landscape features.
A detailed description of all projects is located at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Clean Water Fund website.
The University of MInnesota hosts a webpage dedicated to the Sentinel Watershed project.
About the Issue
This project is supported by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Clean Water Research Program. The overarching goals of this research program are to identify underlying processes that affect water quality, to evaluate the effectiveness of agricultural Best Management Practices, and to develop technologies to target BMPs to critical areas of the landscape.
MDA funds research that is necessary to protect water resources in Minnesota. All projects are selected by an evaluation team. This team includes a diverse group of external stakeholders and state agency staff that have technical expertise and a broad understanding of water quality issues.
In the 2010 Request for Proposals (RFP), a total of nine projects were submitted totaling $2,408,356 in requested funds. The evaluation committee recommended that the top five projects be funded with the available $1,250,000.
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