Release No. 0487.02
Marti Asner (202) 720-8188
Maria Bynum (202) 720-4623
> USDA AWARDS $3.4 MILLION IN NUTRIENT WATER QUALITY GRANTS
> WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2002 --Agriculture Under Secretary for
Research, Education and Economics Joseph Jen today announced $3.4 million in
grants for research and community outreach projects to address nutrient
related water quality issues in rural and agricultural watersheds.
> The projects were funded through a joint program sponsored by
USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES)
and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
> "USDA's joint program with EPA demonstrates our mutual commitment to
protecting our Nation's water resources," said Jen. "These projects
integrate research and community outreach to address locally defined water
> Scientists will work closely with farmers, ranchers and community
leaders to address local water quality issues. The grants were awarded to
the following universities:
> The University of Arkansas, Fayettville, $686,000-The award will be used
to investigate the mechanisms that cause algae to build up and pollute a
lake used for recreation and as a major municipal water supply.
> The University of Florida, $645,000-The award will be used to reduce
surface and groundwater pollution by developing computer visualizations that
show the movement of nutrients through the soil and shallow groundwater.
> Louisiana State University, $696,000-The grant will be used to explore how
flow diversions in the lower Mississippi River can be used to decrease
nutrients entering the Gulf of Mexico where excess nutrients contribute to
hypoxia in the Gulf.
> The State University of New York, Brockport, $668,000-The funding will be
used to investigate how changes in Best Management Practices may reduce the
pollution and excess algae growth in local lakes.
> Ohio State University, $690,000-The award will help Ohio State researchers
evaluate how draining ditches alter the rate and quantity of nutrients
transported from agricultural watersheds to receiving water bodies.
> For more information about CSREES's water quality program, please
visit http://www.usawaterquality.org .
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