Presenter Information

Julie BencoFollow

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Katherine Straub

Start Date

28-4-2020 12:00 AM

End Date

28-4-2020 12:00 AM

Description

The Middle Creek – Penns Creek HUC-12 watershed contains 48.9 miles of impaired streams out of the greater 73.1 miles of waterways within its capacity. The known impaired streams fail, by the water quality standards set by the Department of Environmental Protection, to meet the qualifications necessary to obtain their regulated attainments. In order to restore the waterways, best management practices (BMPs) can be installed to reduce nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous, and sediment loads. ArcGIS and Model my Watershed are utilized to produce a spatial analysis of the watershed and model how the best management practices will quantitatively reduce nutrient and sediment loads. The result of this study determines the sub-watersheds within the HUC-12 that have the most opportunity for best management practice implementation according to parcel, land use, soil, and impaired stream records. Based on these locations and spatial modeling, the conservation BMPs of streambank stabilization and nutrient management would reduce the most impairments in the headwaters of the Susquehecka Creek. This analysis will support the creation of a Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) for this watershed through Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management grant funds.

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Apr 28th, 12:00 AM Apr 28th, 12:00 AM

ArcGIS Analysis of Riparian Zone Restoration Potential in the Middle Creek – Penns Creek HUC-12 Watershed

The Middle Creek – Penns Creek HUC-12 watershed contains 48.9 miles of impaired streams out of the greater 73.1 miles of waterways within its capacity. The known impaired streams fail, by the water quality standards set by the Department of Environmental Protection, to meet the qualifications necessary to obtain their regulated attainments. In order to restore the waterways, best management practices (BMPs) can be installed to reduce nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous, and sediment loads. ArcGIS and Model my Watershed are utilized to produce a spatial analysis of the watershed and model how the best management practices will quantitatively reduce nutrient and sediment loads. The result of this study determines the sub-watersheds within the HUC-12 that have the most opportunity for best management practice implementation according to parcel, land use, soil, and impaired stream records. Based on these locations and spatial modeling, the conservation BMPs of streambank stabilization and nutrient management would reduce the most impairments in the headwaters of the Susquehecka Creek. This analysis will support the creation of a Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) for this watershed through Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management grant funds.

 

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