Urbanization and shifting land use patterns have an impact on water quality in lakes, streams, and wetlands. We are working with federal and state agencies and citizen science groups to better understand how different land uses are correlated with water quality, and how pollutants and nutrients get into storm sewer networks.
Urban Leaf Phosphorus
Urban street leaf litter is a critical source of phosphorus (P) in stormwater. This study seeks to understand the relationship between watershed characteristics, factors contributing to P release from leaf litter, and end-of-pipe P loads.
Land Use, Nitrate, and Temperature
Increased urbanization in the Yahara River Watershed could change downstream water quality and produce corresponding environmental problems. This research looks at connections between watershed land use and water quality.