Center for Comprehensive, optimaL, and Effective Abatement of Nutrients

EPA Grant Number: RD835570
Center: Center for Comprehensive, optimaL, and Effective Abatement of Nutrients
Center Director: Arabi, Mazdak
Title: Center for Comprehensive, optimaL, and Effective Abatement of Nutrients
Investigators: Arabi, Mazdak , Bledsoe, Brian P. , Hoag, Dana LK , Hunt, William F , Osmond, Deanna , Sharvelle, Sybil , Silversrein, JoAnn , Vrugt, Jasper
Institution: Colorado State University , North Carolina State University , University of California - Irvine , University of Colorado at Boulder
EPA Project Officer: Packard, Benjamin H
Project Period: September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2018
Project Amount: $2,200,151
RFA: Centers for Water Research on National Priorities Related to a Systems View of Nutrient Management (2012) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Water and Watersheds , Water

Objective:

The Center’s mission is to create knowledge, build capacities, and forge collaborations to develop and demonstrate sustainable strategies for reduction of nutrient pollution in the Nation's water resources. Its operational goal is to develop and demonstrate sustainable cost-effective N and P management strategies for restoring watershed systems and attaining designated uses through abatement strategies in wastewater, stormwater, agricultural, and hydro-geomorphic systems. The supporting objectives focus on incentive and market-based policies to facilitate adoption and trading among water use and economic sectors.

Approach:

The research is based on an integrated systems approach to study major sources of N and P, modeling strategies and data needs, policy and risk assessment, and implementation of a multi-criteria decision support dashboard. Each project will document a baseline of nutrient control and develop new strategies of control and acceptance. The dashboard will show results of proposed strategies with spatial analysis and performance data. The projects will take a consistent approach to assess sustainability indicators for minimized vulnerability to excess nutrients, minimized total mitigation cost, maximized likelihood of adoption of measures, equity to all groups, and reliability of strategies. Demonstration watersheds in different climatic and ecologic zones and at small to large scales will test strategies in different situations. A Working Group will be organized to facilitate engagement and gain input from targeted communities, such as wastewater utilities, farmers, and taxpayers.

Expected Results:

The Center will improve the nation’s capacity to protect the environment and public health by developing and testing practical and widely-transferable modeling, data and decision tools for risk and performance assessment of nutrient controls. Nutrient controls require a systems approach to address all societal and technological factors that influence water quality, ranging from local capacity, land use, watershed condition, agriculture, energy, wastewater infrastructure, water efficiency, and resource recovery. Decision information to consider monetary and non-monetary benefits and consequences will be presented in understandable and usable forms to support informed choices about comprehensive water protection across the urban and agricultural sectors as well as hydro-geomorphic impacts on natural systems. Practical application and usable tools for sustained use will be informed by engagement of communities of practice and citizens to assess feasibility and implementation. Center programs will build on the tools and engagement strategies to build capacity through education of next-generation scientists and engineers on systems-based approaches and through a comprehensive program of outreach, training, and knowledge creation.


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Journal Article Hoag DLK, Arabi M, Osmond D, Ribaudo M, Motallebi M, Tasdighi A. Policy utopias for nutrient credit trading programs with nonpoint sources. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 2017;53(3):514-520. RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article Johnson JP, Hunt WF. Evaluating the spatial distribution of pollutants and associated maintenance requirements in an 11 year-old bioretention cell in urban Charlotte, NC. Journal of Environmental Management 2016;184(Pt 2):363-370. RD835570 (2016)
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  • Journal Article Kohler LE, Silverstein J, Rajagopalan B. Modeling on-site wastewater treatment system performance fragility to hydroclimate stressors. Water Science and Technology 2016;74(12):2917-2926. RD835570 (2016)
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  • Journal Article Kohler LE, Silverstein J, Rajagopalan B. Modeling on-site wastewater treatment system performance fragility to hydroclimate stressors. Water Science & Technology 2016;74(12):2917-2926. RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article Lammers RW, Bledsoe BP, Langendoen EJ. Uncertainty and sensitivity in a bank stability model: implications for estimating phosphorus loading. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 2017;42(4):612-623. RD835570 (2016)
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  • Journal Article Lammers RW, Bledsoe BP. What role does stream restoration play in nutrient management? Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology 2017;47(6):335-371. RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article McKenna A, Silverstein J, Sharvelle S, Hodgson B. Modeled Response of Wastewater Nutrient Treatment to Indoor Water Conservation. Environmental Engineering Science 2017;35(5) RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article Motallebi M, O’Connell C, Hoag DL, Osmond DL. Role of conservation adoption premiums on participation in water quality trading programs. Water 2016;8(6):245 (13 pp.). RD835570 (2016)
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  • Journal Article Motallebi M, Hoag DL, Tasdighi A, Arabi M, Osmond DL. An economic inquisition of water quality trading programs, with a case study of Jordan Lake, NC. Journal of Environmental Management 2017;193:483-490. RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article Motallebi M, Hoag DL, Tasdighi A, Arabi M, Osmond DL, Boone RB. The impact of relative individual ecosystem demand on stacking ecosystem credit markets. Ecosystem Services 2018;29(Part A):137-144. RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article Mueller Price JS, Baker DW, Bledsoe BP. Effects of passive and structural stream restoration approaches on transient storage and nitrate uptake. River Research and Applications 2016;32(7):1542-1554. RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article O'Connell C, Motallebi M, Osmond DL, Hoag DL. Trading on Risk: the moral logics and economic reasoning of North Carolina farmers in water quality trading markets. Economic Anthropology 2017;4(2):225-238. RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article Records RM, Wohl E, Arabi M. Phosphorus in the river corridor. Earth-Science Reviews 2016;158:65-88. RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article Rosburg TT, Nelson PA, Sholtes JS, Bledsoe BP. The effect of flow data resolution on sediment yield estimation and channel design. Journal of Hydrology 2016;538:429–439,. RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article Rosburg TT, Nelson PA, Bledsoe BP. Effects of urbanization on flow duration and stream flashiness: a case study of Puget Sound streams, western Washington, USA. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 2017;53(2):493-507. RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article Sharp MD, Hoag DLK, Bailey RT, Romero EC, Gates TK. Institutional constraints on cost‐effective water management: selenium contamination in Colorado's lower Arkansas River Valley. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 2016;52(6):1420-1432. RD835570 (2016)
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  • Journal Article Stroth TR, Bledsoe BP, Nelson PA. Full spectrum analytical channel design with the Capacity/Supply Ratio (CSR). Water 2017;9(4):271. RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article Suchetana B, Rajagopalan B, Silverstein J. Hierarchical modeling approach to evaluate spatial and temporal variability of wastewater treatment compliance with biochemical oxygen demand, total suspended solids, and ammonia limits in the United States. Environmental Engineering Science 2016;33(7):514-524. RD835570 (2014)
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  • Journal Article Suchetana B, Rajagopalan B, Silverstein J. Assessment of wastewater treatment facility compliance with decreasing ammonia discharge limits using a regression tree model. Science of the Total Environment 2017;598:249-257. RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article Suchetana B, Rajagopalan B, Silverstein J. Modeling Total Inorganic Nitrogen in Treated Wastewater Using Non-Homogeneous Hidden Markov and Multinomial Logistic Regression Models. Science of the Total Environment 2019;46:625-633. RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article Weirich SR, Silverstein J, Rajagopalan B. Resilience of secondary wastewater treatment plants:prior performance is predictive of future process failure and recovery time. Environmental Engineering Science 2015;32(3):222-231. RD835570 (2014)
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  • Journal Article Weirich SR, Silverstein J, Rajagopalan B. Simulation of effluent biological oxygen demand and ammonia for increasingly decentralized networks of wastewater treatment facilities. Environmental Engineering Science 2015;32(3):232-239. RD835570 (2014)
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  • Journal Article Weirich SR, Silverstein J, Rajagopalan B. Simulation of effluent BOD Ammonia for Increasingly Decentralized Networks of Wastewater Treatment Facilities. Environmental Engineering Science 2015;32(3):232-239. RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article Williams RE, Arabi M, Loftis J, Elmund GK. Monitoring design for assessing compliance with numeric nutrient standards for rivers and streams using geospatial variables. Journal of Environmental Quality 2014;43(5):1713-1724. RD835570 (2016)
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  • Journal Article Winston RJ, Hunt WF, Pluer WT. Nutrient and sediment reduction through upflow filtration of stormwater retention pond effluent. Journal of Environmental Engineering 2017;143(5):06017002. RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article Wohl EE, Bledsoe BP, Jacobson RB, Poff NL, Rathburn SL, Walters D, Wilcox AC. The Natural Sediment Regime in Rivers:Broadening the Foundation for Ecosystem Management. Bioscience 2015; 65(4):358–371 RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article Hodgson B, Sharvelle S, Silverstein j, McKenna A. Impact of Water Management Strategies on Wastewater Effluent Nutrient Discharge and Receiving Water Quality. Environmental Engineering Science 2017;35(6). RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article Lammers RW, Bledsoe BP. A Network Scale, Intermediate Complexity Model for Stimulating Channel Evolution Over Years to Decades. Journal of Hydrology 2018;566:886-900. RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article Tasdighi A, Arabi M, Harmel D, Line D. A Bayesian total uncertainty analysis framework for assessment of management practices using watershed models, Environmental Modelling and Software. Environmental Modeling & Software 2018;108:240-252. RD835570 (2017)
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  • Journal Article Tasdighi A, Arabi M, Harmel D. A probabilistic appraisal of rainfall-runoff modeling approaches within SWAT in mixed land use watersheds. Journal of Hydrology 2018;564:476-489. RD835570 (2017)
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    water quality, regulation, feasibility, optimization;

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