EPA Science Inventory

AnnAGNPS Model Application for Nitrogen Loading Assessment for the Future Midwest Landscape Study

Citation:

YUAN, Y., M. H. MEHAFFEY, R. D. LOPEZ, R. L. Bingner, R. J. BRUINS, C. L. ERICKSON, AND M. JACKSON. AnnAGNPS Model Application for Nitrogen Loading Assessment for the Future Midwest Landscape Study. JOURNAL OF WATER SRT - AQUA. Blackwell Publishing, Malden, MA, 3(1):196-216, (2011).

Description:

The Future Midwest Landscape (FML) project is part of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s new Ecosystem Services Research Program, undertaken to examine the variety of ways in which landscapes that include crop lands, conservation areas, wetlands, lakes, and streams affect human well-being. The goal of the FML project is to quantify current and future ecosystem services across the region and to examine changes expected to occur as a result of the growing demand for biofuels. This study is one of several pilots taking place under the umbrella of the FML research project. In this study, the USDA Annualized Agricultural Non-Point Source Pollution (AnnAGNPS) model was applied to the East Fork Kaskaskia River watershed (289.3 km2) located in the Kaskaskia River Basin within the Upper Mississippi River Basin in Illinois. The effect of different spatial resolutions on model performance was investigated by comparing the observed runoff with the AnnAGNPS simulated results. Alternative future scenarios such as meeting future biofuel target and evaluating conservation practices were also simulated and analyzed. All delineations of the study area (coarser to finer) produced satisfactory results in simulating monthly and annual runoff. However, the size of the delineation does impact the simulation results. Finer delineations better represented the actual landscape and captured small critical areas that would be homogenized in coarser delineation. Those small critical areas are important to target to achieve maximum environment benefit. Simulations of alternative future scenarios showed that as corn production increases to meet future biofuel needs, total nitrogen loss increases. Conservation practices are needed to reduce total nitrogen loss from the watershed. Simulations of split fertilizer application vs. one time application showed that split fertilizer application reduced nitrogen loss by about 20%. Additional conservation practices such as constructed wetland should be implemented for further nitrogen loss reduction. However, the model can not simulate the benefit would accrue through implementation of the wetland as run for this study. This study provides an important foundation for the larger FML region modeling effort by addressing challenging FML landscape modeling issues such as model selection, need for further model development, and spatial resolution.

Purpose/Objective:

The Future Midwest Landscape (FML) study is part of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s new Ecosystem Services Research Program, undertaken to examine the variety of ways in which landscapes that include crop lands, conservation areas, wetlands, lakes, and streams affect human well-being. The goal of the FML project is to quantify current ecosystem services across the Midwest region and to examine changes expected to occur as a result of the growing demand for biofuels. Studies are also being conducted to seek alternative management options to mitigate degradation of ecosystem services caused by meeting future biofuel production goals through implementation of conservation programs.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Start Date: 04/11/2011
Completion Date: 04/11/2011
Record Last Revised: 06/01/2011
Record Created: 11/30/2009
Record Released: 11/30/2009
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 217023

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LAB

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES DIVISION

LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY BRANCH