Winter 2022 Resources and Publications

Informing the Development of the Coast Model of the Watershed Game
Barefod, Karen, Cynthia Hagley, John Bilotta, Tina Miller-Way, Madison Rodman, Jesse Schomberg, and Brenna Sweetman
Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education  December 2021

Since 2006 the Watershed Game, a role-playing simulation and serious game focused on managing nonpoint source pollution at the watershed scale, has been used across the U.S. to improve understanding of, commitment to, and involvement in watershed-scale management. 

Nitrogen in the Chesapeake Bay watershed—A century of change, 1950–2050 
Clunem J.W. and P.D. Capel editors
U.S. Geological Survey Circular   2021

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest and most productive estuary in the United States and is a vital environmental and economic resource. Approximately half of the water volume of the Chesapeake Bay originates from streams and rivers that drain the 64,243 mi2 Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Bay and its tributaries have been degraded by excessive nutrients, such as nitrogen, from contributing watersheds. Inputs of nitrogen to the Bay lead to increased algal growth, decreased dissolved oxygen, and declining fisheries.

Integrated Assessment Modeling Reveals Near-channel Management as Cost-effective to Improve Water Quality in Agricultural Watersheds
Hansen, Amy T.,Todd Campbell, Jong Cho, Jonathan A. Czuba, Brent J. Dalzell, Christine L. Dolph, Peter L. Hawthorne, Sergey Rabotyagov, Zhengxin Lang, Karthik Kumarasamy, Patrick Belmont, Jacques C. Finlay,  Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, Karen B. Gran, Catherine L. Kling, and Peter Wilcock
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America   July 2021

Despite decades of policy that strives to reduce nutrient and sediment export from agricultural fields, surface water quality in intensively managed agricultural landscapes remains highly degraded. Recent analyses show that current conservation efforts are not sufficient to reverse widespread water degradation in Midwestern agricultural systems.

A song of ice and vessels: Seasonal trends in the soundscape of the western arm of Lake Superior
Putland R.L., J.A. Austin, C.S. Hill and A.F. Mensinger 
Journal of Great Lakes Research  2022
The soundscapes of marine systems have been studied for decades to determine spatial and temporal patterns of biological, geological, and anthropogenic activity.
However, comparatively little is known about freshwater soundscapes. 

Depth of Groundwater Used for Drinking-Water Supplies in the United States
Scientific Investigations Report   2021
Degnan, James R., Leon J. Kauffman, Melinda L. Erickson, Kenneth Belitz and Paul E. Stackelberg

Groundwater supplies 35 percent of drinking water in the United States. Mapping the quantity and quality of groundwater at the depths used for potable supplies requires an understanding of locational variation in the characteristics of drinking-water wells (depth and open interval). Typical depths of domestic- and public-drinking-water supply wells vary by and within aquifer across the United States.