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Environmental stewardship via landscape conservation planning, yields beneficial results for water quality in an agricultural watershed

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dc.contributor.advisor Corry, Robert
dc.contributor.author Shantz, Stephanie
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-12T16:25:38Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-12T16:25:38Z
dc.date.copyright 2016-05
dc.date.created 2016-01-29
dc.date.issued 2016-05-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/9693
dc.description.abstract Agriculture is one of the largest non-point source polluters contributing to the degradation, toxicity, and damage of the Great Lakes. Trends in agricultural management practice have shifted over the decades to a more holistic system of conservation agriculture that functions on the tenets of landscape conservation planning, protecting the environment for future generations, while also protecting revenues and lifestyles of the people that work in agriculture. This study uses geophysical characteristics to reconfigure land cover in an agricultural watershed known to have water quality issues, while maintaining field boundaries and management, composition proportions, and it takes no land out of production. Using AnnAGNPS a base and designed scenario were created, run, compared, and analysed. The design resulted in a decrease of estimated parenthetical values of pollutants. Empirical results show that this design approach reduces the impact of agriculture on the environment while maintaining profitable production land. Working at this scale while using and producing empirical data, suggests water quality improvements are possible through evidence-based landscape architecture that maintains agricultural land covers changing only some of their locations. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Agricultural watershed en_US
dc.subject Canagagigue Creek en_US
dc.subject Land cover en_US
dc.subject agricultural pollutants en_US
dc.title Environmental stewardship via landscape conservation planning, yields beneficial results for water quality in an agricultural watershed en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US
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