Summer 2020 Resources and Publications

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Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework: Watershed applications, research opportunities, and training resources 
Lewandowski, A.M., M.D. TomerJ.I. BuchananA. KielL. OlsonR.L. Power and J.J. Sloan
Journal of Soil and Water Conservation  July 2020

The Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) is an approach to precision conservation for agricultural watershed planning, which is supported by high-resolution watershed data providing spatial detail on land use, soil survey, and topography, which, in turn, are analyzed using an ArcGIS toolbox to identify conservation practice placement options for water quality improvement.


 

In Situ Sequestration of Perfluoroalkyl Substances Using Polymer-Stabilized Powdered Activated Carbon
Liu, C., J. Hatton, W.A. Arnold, M.F. Simcik and K.D. Pennell
Environmental Science & Technology  May 2020

Remediation of groundwater impacted by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is particularly challenging due to the resistance of the molecule to oxidation because of the strength of the carbon–fluorine bond and the need to achieve low nanogram per liter drinking water targets.

Genetic diversity and differentiation in populations of invasive Eurasian (Myriophyllum spicatum) and hybrid (Myriophyllum spicatum × Myriophyllum sibiricum) watermilfoil
Thum, R.A., G.M. Chorak, R.A. Newman and J.A. Eltawely  
Cambridge University Press  April 2020

Population genetic studies of within- and among-population genetic variability are still lacking for managed submerged aquatic plant species, and such studies could provide important information for managers. For example, the extent of within-population genetic variation may influence the potential for managed populations to locally adapt to environmental conditions and control tactics.

Groundwater-Quality and Select Quality-Control Data from the National Water-Quality Assessment Project
 January through December 2016, and Previously Unpublished Data from 2013 to 2015
Arnold, T.L., L.M. Bexfield, M. Musgrove, M.L. Erickson, J.A. Kingsbury, J.R. Degnan, A.J. Tesoriero, J.T. Kulonglski and K. Belitz
USGS National Water Information System   May 2020

Environmental groundwater-quality data were collected from 648 wells as part of the National Water-Quality Assessment Project of the U.S. Geological Survey National Water-Quality Program and are included in this report. Most of the wells (514) were sampled from January through December 2016, and 60 of them were sampled in 2013 and 74 in 2014.

Data and analysis toolbox for modeling the nexus of food, energy, and water
Sadegh, M., A. AghaKouchak, I. Mallakpour, L. S. Huning, O., Mazdiyasni, M. Niknejad, E. Foufoula-Georgiou, F.C. Moore, J. Brouwer, A. Farid, M. Reza Alizadeh, A. Martinez, N. D. Mueller, and S. J. Davis
Sustainable Cities and Society    May 2020

Here, we present an interactive analysis toolbox, Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water (NeFEW), that synthesizes available global data to enable modeling and analysis of these resources and their interdependencies at the country-level and for user-specified categories and quantities. Sample analyses also presented here include country-specific estimates of water resources required to produce different types of food and energy, energy required per quantity of water or agricultural product supplied, and equivalent emissions associated with water and energy provision.

Cultural Narratives on Constraints to Community Engagement in Urban Water Restoration
Pradhananga, A., M. Davenport and E. Green
Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education April 2019

Natural resource professionals increasingly recognize that water protection and restoration efforts require not only technical solutions, but also the active engagement of stakeholders who live and work in the local community. People of color, and those of lower income brackets, are frequently underrepresented in water‐related programming or decision‐making, although they are often disproportionately affected by water problems. Effective engagement of diverse community members in water programs and projects requires understanding and addressing constraints to action.

It Is Not Easy Being Green: Recognizing Unintended Consequences of Green Stormwater Infrastructure
Taguchi, V., P. Weiss, J. Gulliver, M. Klein, L. Baker, J. Finlay, B. Keeler and J. Nieber
Water 2020

Green infrastructure designed to address urban drainage and water quality issues is often deployed without full knowledge of potential unintended social, ecological, and human health consequences. Though understood in their respective fields of study, these diverse impacts are seldom discussed together in a format understood by a broader audience.

Internal Loading in Stormwater Ponds as a Phosphorus Source to Downstream Waters
Taguchi, V., T. Olsen, P. Natarajan, B. Janke, J. Gulliver, J. Finlay and H. Stefan
Limnology and Oceanography Letters  2020

We assessed the prevalence and causes of sediment phosphorus (P) release within urban stormwater ponds, a process that may reduce P removal by sedimentation.