ID

BSE-234P

Authors as Published

Emily M. Bock, Research Associate, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech; Amy S. Collick, Research Assistant Professor, Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; and Zachary M. Easton, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

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This publication highlights recent advances in adapting denitrifying bioreactors developed in the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic region. Denitrifying bioreactors are edge-of-field management practices that harness the activity of soil bacteria to remove excess nitrogen from drainage waters. Agricultural drainage is a significant source of nutrients to the Chesapeake Bay and important to manage. Although challenges remain with respect to adapting designs to treat ditch drainage, denitrifying bioreactors hold promise to yield water quality improvements in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.


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Publication Date

November 5, 2018