Faculty receives grant to monitor water quality in Springfield
Dr. Robert Pavlowsky, professor of geology, geography and planning at Missouri State University, received a $86,060 grant for his proposal “Pearson Creek 319 Water Quality Monitoring Project.” The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in partnership with the James River Basin Partnership provided $53,150 for the project.
Pavlowsky, who is also the director of the Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute (OEWRI), will be working to reduce nutrient sources to Pearson Creek from farms and ranches of all different sizes by using buffer strips and soil management techniques.
“OEWRI will be working with the James River Basin Partnership to reduce nutrient and sediment levels in runoff to Pearson Creek which drains eastern boundary of the city of Springfield,” said Pavlowsky. “Our job is to complete the water quality monitoring for the project that will involve using auto-samplers to look at water quality trends over single storm events.”
The grant will fund monitoring costs and the salary of one graduate assistant.
For more information, contact Pavlowsky at (417) 836-8473.
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