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On the Leading Edge-ALTERED HYDROLOGY, WATER QUALITY, AND CONSERVATION DRAINAGE
July 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT
The On the Leading Edge series kicks off with an interactive session on altered hydrology and the role conservation drainage practices can play in meeting the goals of the IL Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. Speakers will focus on the science behind four practices – drainage water management, bioreactors, saturated buffers, and constructed wetlands – and discuss considerations for landowners as they evaluate alternatives for reducing nutrient loss.
Dr. Jane Frankenberger is a professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University, where she has built an active applied research and extension program on agricultural drainage, watershed management, and water quality. Dr. Frankenberger also leads the multi-state, highly collaborative Transforming Drainage project.
Nathan Utt is a doctoral candidate with the University of Minnesota Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Program. He has more than 10 years of experience in the drainage industry, including designing and monitoring controlled drainage systems, bioreactors, and saturated buffers.
Dr. Jill Kostel is the senior environmental engineer at The Wetlands Initiative and manager of the “Smart Wetlands” program, which advances the use of small, farm-based wetlands to reduce nutrient runoff from tile drainage.
Dr. Laura Christianson is professional engineer and an Assistant Professor of Crop Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois. She leads research on a variety of conservation drainage practices and works to find practical and economically viable solutions for treating agricultural drainage.