Formulating a Coastal Plain Water Quality Project

by Mark S. Gates, USDA, United States,
Stephen D. Kemmerle, USDA, United States,
Salvador Palalay, USDA, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: National Water Conference


In 1988, the Soil Conservation Service in Delaware helped local sponsors prepare a detailed preauthorization planning report for water quality improvement in Indian River Bay watershed, one of the Delaware Inland Bays. The report was prepared under the authorities of Public Law-566, the Small Watershed Program. Problems and opportunities were quantified and land treatment alternatives were formulated in the agricultural sector for water quality improvement. Key components of resource management systems to address the identified non-point source pollution problems include structures for water control to regulate water in drainage systems and improved agricultural waste management. Methodologies and findings, including DRAINMOD applications, are presented in this paper.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Agricultural wastes | Coastal plains | Sea water | Water pollution | Water conservation | Bays | Nonpoint pollution | Delaware | United States

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