Best management practices and stream water quality : exploring the use of SWAT in northeast Indiana

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dc.contributor.advisor Yang, Jian-sheng
dc.contributor.author Thompson, Jessica D.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-08T16:16:31Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-09T05:30:07Z
dc.date.created 2011-05-07
dc.date.issued 2011-05-07
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/194764
dc.description.abstract The U.S. government implemented many incentive programs in the 1980s to encourage farmers to reduce agricultural runoff and erosion through the use of best management practices (BMPs). Remote sensing, GIS, and modeling, have been used to determine the effectiveness of BMPs through comparisons of before and after BMP implementation. The Salamonie watershed in Northeastern Indiana was studied for BMP effectiveness. The study addresses how agricultural practices have changed over a twenty nine year period (1975-2003), and how the implementation of BMPs will decrease the amount of sediment and nutrient load to surface waters. Methods reported on include the use of the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) watershed model and how different weather data (precipitation and temperature) greatly affects streamflow predictions, as well as the effects of BMP implementation on sediment loads to surface water. The outcomes of this study provide a viable argument of how BMPs implementation positively affects water quality in the watershed region by effectively reducing sediment loads.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Geography
dc.subject.lcsh Best management practices (Pollution prevention) -- Indiana -- Salamonie River Region -- Computer simulation.
dc.subject.lcsh Water quality -- Indiana -- Salamonie River Region -- Computer simulation.
dc.subject.lcsh Agricultural pollution -- Indiana -- Salamonie River Region -- Computer simulation.
dc.title Best management practices and stream water quality : exploring the use of SWAT in northeast Indiana en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.S.)
dc.date.liftdate 2011-07-09
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1644451


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