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Science Cafe: Jordan Lake: A Watershed Moment


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Is Jordan Lake water safe to drink? The lake provides flood control, drinking water for over 300,000 people, and opportunities for recreation. Within its watershed lie dense urban, as well as rich agricultural areas – parts of the Triangle and Triad regions. The lake integrates runoff from all of these different areas, contributing to an excess of nutrients that have caused it, at times, to fail to meet water quality standards.

In 2016, a Nutrient Management Study began for Jordan Lake. The goal was to analyze nutrient management strategies and compile existing water quality data. In this talk we’ll learn what scientists found out about the sources of nutrients in Jordan Lake, the movement of water into and within the lake, and the role of those factors in the lake meeting water quality standards.

Joseph Delesantro is a PhD candidate studying Environment and Ecology at the University of North Carolina. Joseph obtained his B.S. in Environmental Engineering and his M.S. in Forest Hydrology, both at the University of Florida. While working as a researcher at Duke University, Joseph applied his knowledge of engineering and hydrology to the study of urban watersheds. Publications and manuscripts in review address the effect of roads on stream flow patterns, the nitrogen and carbon contribution of roof gutters to watersheds and the primary productivity of urban streams. He currently studies how patterns in development affect the nutrient pollution of waterbodies.

Fee: Free

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Katey Ahmann