Departmental Reports


A transferable Model of Stakeholder Partnerships for Addressing Nutrient Dynamics in Southeastern Watersheds


Deutsch, W., D. Bayne, L. Han, J. Glasier, R. Nelson and S. Longshore

Date: 2004

Funding Agency: CSREES of the US Department of Agriculture

Keywords: tallapoosa river, watershed, water quality, nutrients,

Category: Domestic Funded Research Report

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The Tallapoosa Watershed Project (TWP) is a three-year project, which began on September 15,
2003 following a series of planning meetings by researchers, educators and other stakeholder
groups. This progress report documents activities and accomplishments of the first calendar year
(January-December 2004), which concentrated on the environment and communities of Lake
Martin and regions of the Middle and Upper Tallapoosa Basin.
Auburn University (AU) research team made seven monthly trips to Lake Martin from
April through October 2004 and measured chlorophyll a, total nitrogen (TN), total phosphorus
(TP), soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP), total suspended solids (TSS), pH, alkalinity, hardness,
turbidity, conductivity, water temperature, dissolved oxygen and Secchi disk visibility at 20 sites
on the lake following Standard Methods. AU also measured TN, TP, SRP, TSS, pH, alkalinity
and discharge from six stream sites, three river sites and two point sources monthly, February-
December 2004. Gages were installed on the six streams (four agricultural and two forested) for
the continuous monitoring of water level for developing hydrographs to be used in estimating
nutrient and sediment loading.
University of Alabama (UA) research team had six monthly trips to Lake Martin from
April through October 2004, coincident with the AU team and the Landsat satellite overpass.
Satellite images were used to derive land use and land cover information and map water quality
parameters, e.g., chlorophyll a. Close-range hyperspectral remote sensing of water quality was
conducted with an ASD FieldSpec UV/VNIR spectroradiometer. Watershed modeling was
begun using the SWAT model.
Lake Watch of Lake Martin (LWLM) team measured water quality monthly, April- October 2004 (coincident with AU and UA teams) at five shoreline sites and five open-water
sites on Lake Martin using the Alabama Water Watch (AWW) test kit for six physicochemical
parameters (water temperature, pH, alkalinity, hardness turbidity and dissolved oxygen), TSS
and Secchi disk visibility. Close-range hyperspectral remote sensing of water quality was
conducted with a StellarNet EPP2000C spectroradiometer for correlation with lake chlorophyll a
concentrations and for comparison to the spectroradiometer of UA.


evaluation of two models of hand-held colorimeters (LaMotte Smart2 and Hach DR/850)

for the analysis of nutrients in water was conducted on five dates by the AU and LWLM teams.


teacher workshop on the approach of TWP and stream bioassessment was conducted for 15

teachers in the Tallapoosa Basin in April 2004. Field trips and instruction about the TWP and
watershed management were conducted in


Classroom in the Forest sessions twice in April and

twice in May.
Planning meetings



were held for the State of Our Watershed Conference and TWP exhibits to

be developed at the Environmental Center of Alabama's Special Camp for Children & Adults

(ASCCA). TWP updates were presented at three Tallapoosa River Basin Clean Water
Partnership meetings.
TWP presentations


were made at the CSREES Water Quality Conference in Florida in January,

the National Water Quality Monitoring Conference in Tennessee in May, the Alabama Water
Resources Conference in Florida in September, and the AmericaView 2004 Conference in South
Dakota in September.

TWP Research and Education/Extension Teams were established in October 2003. The

Education/Extension Team met in October 2004 and the Research Team met in March 2004 for
project planning.

Directors Meetings were held in February, August and November 2004 for overall project


TWP Intranet was completed in September 2004 for project partners to input and access the

project calendar, research and outreach activities, photos, meeting minutes and other projectrelated
information. A

TWP Website was registered and is being developed.

The TWP project has collaborated with five

Related Projects in the Tallapoosa Basin for

mutually beneficial activities and additional financial resources, including: 1) the Tallapoosa
River Basin Clean Water Partnership (funds for two stream gages and stream bioassessment),
2) Auburn University Environmental Institute (grant to the AU Fisheries Department for teacher
workshops, interns in classrooms, and stream bio-monitoring protocols) 3) CSREES (grant to the
Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) for a Community-based Restoration Initiative),
4) Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Classroom in the Forest Program), 5) Auburn
University Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology (a cost-efficiency study
of TWP research methodologies).


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