Conesus Lake Watershed Project - SUNY Brockport, USDA

Annual Scientific Workshop 2003

 

USDA Scientific Workshop 2003

On January 15, 2003 scientists, government officials and interested parties convened at the first annual scientific workshop on the progress on the Conesus Lake watershed management project held at the State University of New York at Brockport.


Experimental Manipulation of Entire Watersheds through BMPs: Nutrient Fluxes, Fate and Transport and Biotic Responses

Supported by

Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service:
Nutrient Science for Improved Watershed Management

U.S. Department of Agriculture

State University of New York at Brockport (Lead Institution)
State University of New York at Geneseo
Rochester Institute of Technology
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District
Livingston County Planning Department
Livingston County Farm Service


On January 15, 2003 scientists, government officials and interested parties convened at the first annual scientific workshop on the progress on the Conesus Lake watershed management project held at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport. The scientists presented their progress since the inception of the project in August of 2002. The line up of talks was:

Principal Investigator Dr. Joseph Makarewicz, of SUNY Brockport, opened the workshop and presented information on the status of the construction of the Best Management Practices in the Conesus Lake experimental watersheds.

Nate Herendeen of Cornell Cooperative Extension presented on the Phosphorus Index, Cropware and Farm Nutrient Planning

Ted Lewis of SUNY Brockport presented on the intensive monitoring of the seven sub-watersheds of Conesus Lake.

Co-Principal Investigator Dr. Isidro Bosch of SUNY Geneseo presented results of his studies of Eurasian milfoil beds and their association with streams.

Peter D'Aiuto, a graduate student at SUNY Brockport, gave a presentation of his results on the impact of stream nutrient loading on metaphyton in Conesus Lake.

Dr. Robert Simon of SUNY Geneseo addressed the measuring of stream microbiology.

Jason Somarelli, the graduate research assistant on this project from SUNY Brockport, presented his proposed research on identification of E. coli sources in the Conesus Lake Watershed.

Dr. Anthony Vodacek of the Rochester Institute of Technology spoke on the ALGE hydrodynamic model.

Dr James Zollweg of SUNY Brockport outlined GIS modeling of source areas of nonpoint source pollution.

Ted Lewis gave a demonstration of the web site for disseminating information from this project.


An open discussion followed which touched on the issues of progress, goals for next summer, the production of brochures for the agricultural community, interim reports and additional information we should be gathering to better understand the system.

The general consensus of the workshop was one of satisfaction at the significant progress that has been made in the first five months of the project and a better overall understanding and appreciation of all the scientific components that make up the project. Additional outcomes of the workshop include many excellent suggestions on new and additional information that should be collected, serious discussions on the measurements and their methodology and a renewed optimism on the potential success of the manipulations of the experimental watersheds on the downstream ecosystem.

 

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