Minimizing horticultural impacts on surface water quality to encourage re-use through enhanced pond management

Dr. Jeanine West
Phytoserv

Excessive biological growth in ponds, due in large part to the practice of recycling irrigation water, results in poor water quality, the clogging of intake filters and subsequently, expensive maintenance costs. This research project will study new methods of controlling the flow of nutrients, with a focus on phosphorous, into and out of irrigation ponds with the objective of improving water quality for reuse purposes and to decrease the risk of nutrients leaving the farm.

The project objective is a systematic evaluation and comparison of various pond management tools, such as enhanced aeration technologies and pond shading methods to determine and recommend improved pond management strategies.

West (Eng) Mar 2019

West (Eng) Feb 2020