Auburn University leads project to improve phosphorus management on farms

AUWRC Director and Biosystems Professor Dr. Puneet Srivastava and his research team will partner with Dr. Jasmeet Lamba, Assistant Professor in the College of Agriculture’s Department of Biosystems Engineering and lead investigator of the research, K.G. Karthikeyan, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Jirka Simunek, University of California, Riverside for a project to improve phosphorus management on poultry farms.

You can read the full article on Auburn University’s website HERE.

AUWRC Field Experiences Updates

Starting Spring Semester 2018, the Auburn University Water Resources Center (AUWRC) began offering field-based experiences for Auburn University classes. Our goal for the field experiences was to offer opportunities for experiential learning and to supplement traditional classroom education through outdoor experiences related to student coursework.

The pilot semester for the field experiences has been a success! AUWRC had the opportunity to work with College of Architecture, Design and Construction Adjunct Professor Dan Ballard and his Landscape Architecture Hydrologies course, College of Engineering Professor Dr. Lauren Beckingham and her Introduction to Environmental Engineering lab group, and School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Professor Dr. Christopher Anderson and his Natural Resources Field Methods class. In total, we reached over 70 students.

The students got a brief demonstration in AWW bacteriological and stream biomonitoring monitoring methods and then went out in the stream to try it out for themselves. Check out some photos below to see all the neat critters (aka benthic macroinvertebrates – a bio-indicator used to assess water quality) we caught with the classes!

Stream biomonitoring supplies: kick nets, d-frame dip nets, sorting trays, forceps, pipettes, and ID keys ready to scoop up some critters!

 

Students sort critters into pans for identification.

 

Time to net up! After a brief demonstration of the sampling techniques, students get into teams to see what they can discover.

 

Let’s take a look at the critters! 

Spiny softshell turtle caught with Dr. Anderson’s class – so cute!

 

The sample sites were loaded with Hellgrammites! Hellgrammites are fierce aquatic predators, and are even referred to as the “T-Rex” of macroinvertebrates!

Alabama has 97 known native species of freshwater crayfish!

Join us in the Summer and Fall Semesters! Applications for Summer Semester Field Experiences are now open. Spots are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

We’ll see y’all in the field!

AU researchers participate in SEC Water Conference

Three Auburn University researchers will be among more than 60 academic and governmental researchers to participate in the SEC Academic Conference to be held this month.  Eve Brantley, Extension specialist and associate professor, Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science; Puneet Srivastava, director, Water Resources Center; and LaDon Swann, director, Marine Programs, School of Fisheries and Aquaculture, will attend to discuss “The Future of Water” with other SEC institutions.

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Research, education crucial weapons in battling drought

Battling drought

Center uses outreach and research to mitigate dry weather

In Alabama, farmers oftentimes say that, during the summer, they’re always 10 days from being in a drought. Improving drought preparedness is a goal of the Water Resources Center, part of the Auburn University College of Agriculture’s Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

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AWW Tiger Giving project a success!

Last fall, the AU Water Resources Center, in collaboration with the AU College of Agriculture’s Office of Communications and Marketing, developed a project to feature on Auburn University’s annual Tiger Giving fundraising drive. The project, Protect Alabama Waterways, was designed to raise funding for Alabama Water Watch water monitoring and watershed stewardship efforts on streams, rivers, lakes, bays and bayous that are currently being neglected. THANK YOU to the 164 generous contributors – the project was a big success! Read more about the project HERE.