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Grants Awarded FY2008

Announcement Number Name of Organization Type of Project Project Description Amount of Funding
EPA-R7WWPD-08-005 University of Kansas Region 7 Total Maximum Daily Load Program Grants The environmental outputs for this project advance the accuracy/applicability of nutrient and turbidity related Total Maximum Daily Loads for lentic environments while expediting these assessments across broad regional areas. The Project uses moderate spatial resolution multispectral satellite imagery and field-sampled data for selected Kansas reservoirs to develop statistical models. The models relates spectral reflectance to chlorophyll a, Secchi disk and turbidity - to explore the feasibility of using the either the Secchi disk or turbidity signatures as surrogate measurements for both Total Suspended Solids and Total Phosphorus. $75,000.00
EPA-R7WWPD-08-005 Iowa Department of Natural Resources Region 7 Total Maximum Daily Load Program Grants This project assesses the accuracy and reliability of new continuous flow collection technology deployed in small streams. Project tests accuracy of stage/discharge rating curves which are developed utilizing an Area Velocity Flow Meter (AVFM) and adaptability of those curves to other technology, such as, widespread deployment of pressure transducers and the rotation of AVFMs in impaired waters. Major questions addressed in this project:
. How many AVFM units needed to conduct flow sampling per year,
. At what duration do units need to be deployed to obtain accurate discharge curve, and
. Can the curve fixed with an AVFM be used in conjunction with cheaper stand alone pressure transducers which measure stream stage?
$43,500.00
EPA-R7WWPD-08-005 Iowa Department of Natural Resources Region 7 Total Maximum Daily Load Program Grants This project studies how to better correlate Iowa ecoregions with the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) hydrologic input parameters. The purpose is creating SWAT input parameter ranges specific to Iowa ecoregions to save considerable amounts of time in the hydrologic modeling and calibration process necessary for developing Total Maximum Daily Loads. Deliverables include a range of SWAT input parameters for all ecoregions of Iowa distributed as a file to Iowa surface water modelers and a methodology used to develop the specific ranges of SWAT input parameters for distribution to other Region 7 States. This documentation serves as an instructional guide allowing other R7 states to develop ecoregion specific input parameters for modeling. $76,797.00
EPA-R7WWPD-08-005 Oklahoma State University Region 7 Total Maximum Daily Load Program Grants Project's research results in a series of new regression models that will be used to estimate sediment nutrient release rates from sediment and/or water quality variables that are relatively easy to collect for individual reservoirs located in Region 7. In addition, actual sediment nutrient release rates, sediment nutrient concentrations and water quality data will be determined for 20 reservoirs within the region. The expected outcomes from this research include an improved capacity for States to develop Total Maximum Daily Load's because of improved estimates of sediment nutrient release rates. $45,873.00
EPA-R7WWPD-08-005 Iowa State University Region 7 Total Maximum Daily Load Program Grants Improving the modeling of in-stream bacteria fate and transport processes specific to Region 7 is the focus of this project. Project incorporates bacteria resuspension and enhance bacteria decay capabilities of the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) to improve prediction of bacteria in surface waters. Three outputs: 1. develop resuspension relationships for bacteria associated with cohesive sediments as a function of flow and decay relationships as a function of natural mortality, solar radiation, temperature, and predators; 2. incorporate these relationships into the in-stream processes component in SWAT; and 3. train personnel at state agencies to use the improved modules in SWAT. $78,830.00
EPA-R7WWPD-08-005 Dennis Helsel Region 7 Total Maximum Daily Load Program Grants Environmental Statistics Training for Improved TMDL State Programs: In the first part of the project, the project presents an environmental statistics course using the R statistical system for Total Maximum Daily Load staff in Region 7 States. During the second part of the project, individual student follow-up is provided to insure proficiency at applying the skills learned. The outcome for this project is increasing the quantity and quality of Region 7 Total Maximum Daily Load documents produced by Region 7 States by supporting staff development. $31,000.00
EPA-R7WWPD-08-005 Kansas Geological Survey Region 7 Total Maximum Daily Load Program Grants Uranium is an emerging water-quality issue in the Upper Arkansas basin in KS. This project is Determination of Uranium and Radionuclide Relationships to Major Constituents through data research, sampling and analysis. The project studies the hydrogeochemistry of the Arkansas River in the Upper Arkansas basin in Kansas to better understand the relationships between the salinity variations in the river water and the uranium and gross alpha and beta radioactivity for use by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in developing Total Maximum Daily Loads. KDHE will use the results of this study to develop natural seasonal and episodic variations to write TMDLs for uranium and radionuclide that allow better determination of where water-quality improvements could be made. An important aspect of the project's potential success is the low analytical error available at the project's lab, which allows for a more conclusive determination of relationships among chemical constituents and uranium.   $49,000.00

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