PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Carl Rosen
ORGANIZATION: University of Minnesota, Soil, Water and Climate
SPONSOR: Clean Water Fund
AWARD AMOUNT: $200,000
START DATE: June 30, 2016 | END DATE: June 30, 2018
PROJECT MANAGER: Jeppe Kjaersgaard (Jeppe.Kjaersgaard@state.mn.us)
IN THE NEWS: The project was featured on Prairie Sportsman, a Pioneer Public Television program, April 18. View the story on YouTube beginning at 20:50. View the bioreactor study site and learn more about this unique project from USDA-ARS engineer Gary Feyereisen.
The overall goal is to demonstrate and evaluate the effectiveness of woodchip bioreactors for treating agricultural tile water. The project will be conducted using a unique, replicated field-scale experiment that allows analysis of two variables that have the potential to enhance bioreactor performance. The project is unique in that it will carefully monitor microbial performance using genetic and genomic technologies, and modify properties that facilitate removal of nitrogen and phosphorus. Increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of bioreactors may reduce the cost and increase adoption of the practice.
The specific objectives of the project: