2. Develop a watershed management decision-support system to help determine water quality problems, sources, and
3. Educate local and state land and water resource managers on watershed management principles, with emphasis on reducing
nonpoint sources of pollution.
2. Test and apply water quality models linked with geographic information systems (GIS) to evaluate watershed management
strategies based Upon water quality criteria and risk reduction.
3. Educate resource managers OD current and proposed technologies, regulations, and available support for water quality
2. Began testing and applying field- and watershed-scale water quality models in 6
3. Initiated development and testing of an internet-based environmental resource management decision-support system.
4. Conducted education programs for farmers, developers, landowners, local and state officials, and citizen groups OD water
quality protection technologies, regulations, and available resources.
Water quality and land use data associated with watershed management changes are being collected in the Coastal Plain
(Herrings Marsh Run, Tulls Creek, Coastal Tidal Creeks, Little Coharie Creek); Piedmont (Long Creek, Devils Cradle Creek, Swift
Creek, McLendons Creek); and mountains (North Toe River, Hiwassee River, Little Tennessee River). Research and education
are focused on innovative approaches for reducing pollution by nutrients, sediment, pesticides, pathogens, and wastes including
vegetative filters, conservation tillage, waste utilization, and nutrient and pest management. The role of landscape features such
as wetlands and riparian buffers in protecting water quality is also being investigated. Data from these studies are being used to
support model/GIS system development, testing, and application for long-term evaluation of management strategies. Results of
field and watershed-scale monitoring efforts are being shared within and outside the study watersheds. For example, the
multi-agency Long Creek Watershed Project is part of a national EPA program in which long-term monitoring, data exchange,
modeling, and education are being used to develop innovative approaches to managing nonpoint sources nationwide. Education
programs are focused on improving local watershed management in accordance with the state's Water Supply Watershed and
Basinwide Water Quality Planning Programs.
2. Continue model/GIS development, testing, and application using new data and computing
3. Continue education programs with increased focus on equipping local resource managers and Extension educators with necessary
knowledge and support tools for watershed management.