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Development of wetlands in aging reservoirs: Opportunities to enhance wetland capacity and improve water quality.

Summary

We will identify, map, and assess the riverine segments of 18 Kansas reservoirs for the extent and occurrence of potential wetland areas and to characterize these areas to determine wetland functions. In addition, we will identify potential impacts of these riverine areas on reservoir water quality. It is within the riverine segments of these old reservoirs that functioning wetlands have evolved or are in the process of evolving as a consequence of the reservoir aging process. Sediment infilling and nutrient enrichment and resuspension occurring within riverine segments have, in part, created conditions that promoted the development of certain types of wetlands. This project will quantify and characterize number and types of wetlands associated with these aging reservoir systems especially those maintained by the conservation pool. 

Pelicans at Clinton Lake in 2016.
Pelicans at Clinton Lake in 2016.

Investigators
PI: V. Rahmani. Co-PIs: P. Liechti, J. DeNoyelles, C.C. Freeman, D. Huggins, J. Kastens, E. Martinko.

Funding
Environmental Protection Agency Region 7/Kansas Water Office, 2016-2017, $332,585


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