Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Evaluating a vegetated filter strip in an agricultural field
by Young, Alina Fay, M.S., Mississippi State University, 2012, 161; 1509239
Abstract (Summary)

The use of best management practices has become common in recent years, leading to the need for hydrologic models to predict their behavior and effectiveness. A vegetated filter strip at Mississippi State University was used to test two models: the Hydrologic Simulation Program-FORTRAN Best Management Practices Editor (HSPF BMPrac) and the System for Urban Stormwater Treatment and Analysis Integration (SUSTAIN). Water samples were taken during the Spring of 2011 and tested for sediments and nutrients; HSPF was used for computing flows, sediments, and nutrients. The filter strip was not effective at pollutant removal with removal efficiency rates of 68.1, 91.7, 86.3, and 115.4 percent for total suspended solids (TSS), total nitrogen (TN), total phosphorus (TP), and dissolved phosphorus (DP) respectively. Calibration of HSPF was successful for TSS with a R2 value of 0.52; nutrients were not as successful with R2 values of 0.11 and 0.43 for TN and TP.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Diaz-Ramirez, Jairo N.
Commitee: Martin, James, McAnally, William, Wilkerson, Wayne
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Plant sciences, Environmental engineering
Keywords: Agriculture, Best management practice, Filter strip, Hspf, Modeling, Sustain
Publication Number: 1509239
ISBN: 978-1-267-29945-1
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