Nutrient Loads to Delaware's Inland Bays Estuary

by William F. Ritter, Univ of Delaware, Newark, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures for Enhanced Safety and Physical Security


A management plan has been developed for the Inland Bays which is a major coastal estuary. Agriculture is the largest contributor of nitrogen and phosphorus to the Inland Bays. Best management practices (BMP's) such as manure nutrient analysis, calibration of manure spreaders, timing of application and applying only enough nitrogen to be removed by the crop are being emphasized to make more efficient use of nutrients in poultry manure and commercial fertilizers.

Subject Headings: Estuaries | Bays | Nutrient pollution | Load factors | Nitrogen | Agricultural wastes | Coastal management | Agriculture | Delaware | United States

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