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Stream/Aquifer Interface: Understanding the Riparian Corridor
Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Groundwater contributes a significant portion of the flow in streams and rivers. The area adjacent to the streams, the ripairian corridor, should be an ideal location to enhance the quality of the flowing water. The proposed research will examine water and solute transport between groundwater and surface waters particularly at or near the interface where groundwater discharges into surface waters (riparian zone). The purpose of the study is to determine if there are methods to enhance water quality.
2009 Project Description
A watershed based plan was accepted by the Kentucky Division of Water for the Cane Run project. The next phase will be the implementation of best management practices on the watershed to study their effects on water quality. Individual projects will be completed on manure handling and storage, riparian buffer systems, and erosion control measures. The Cane Run Council has met quarterly to involve the community. Research has continued on the study of riparian wetland to understand their effects on water quality.
The watershed based plan identified areas for improvement in water quality in the Cane Run Watershed. The city of Lexington has begun testing their sanitary sewer lines in the Cane Run to identify leakages and other problems. The Cane Run Council allows the citizens in the watershed an opportunity to voice concerns that can be relayed to the city.
Jintaridth, B., M. S. Coyne, C. J. Matocha and S. Workman. 2009. Vegetation and soil depth affect phenol oxidase activity in a model riparian site. J. World Assoc. Soil Water Conserv., 4:1-15.
Luck, J.D., S.R. Workman, M.S. Coyne, and S.F. Higgins. 2009. Consequences of Manure Filtration Through Pervious Concrete During Simulated Rainfall Events. Biosystems Engineering 102(4):417-423
S.R. Workman and S.E. Serrano. 2008. Experimental Verification of Models on Nonlinear Stream Aquifer Transients. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 13(12):1119-1124.