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nutrient analysis on Winestead Drain (EA partnership) 2

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Project Description

Project will run July 2022 to 1st April 2023

A follow on project to gain a deeper understanding of the nutrient dynamics affecting Winestead drain.
Analysis water samples for nutrient levels, particularly focusing on phosphate levels to understand nutrient sources. Excess phosphates lead to eutrophication, to inform mitigation of this sources of phosphates need to be determined. Historic phosphates from previous contamination can be locked into sediment and released should sediment be mobilised. Alternatively, phosphates could be run contemporary sources such as fertiliser application and run off.
To understand nutrient source, to inform mitigation, sediment samples need to be assessed for nutrient content (phosphates, nitrates, ammonia) as well as phosphate levels in water at different flows. Phosphate levels in water should be measured alongside flow measurements.
This will be complimented by a database study looking at 30 years worth of data relating to water levels and water qauility.

Status Project Complete
Funder(s) Environment Agency
Value £19,972.00
Project Dates Sep 1, 2022 - Apr 1, 2023

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