Fiscal Year 1987 Program Report

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Title: Fiscal Year 1987 Program Report
Creators: Stiefel, Robert C.
Contributors: Ohio State University. Water Resources Center
Subjects (LCSH): Ohio State University. Water Resources Center
Water quality management -- Ohio
Groundwater -- Ohio
Water resources development -- Ohio
Issue Date: 1988-08
Publisher: Ohio State University. Water Resources Center
Series/Report no.: Report (Ohio State University. Water Resources Center) ; no. G-1442-01
Abstract: Water is one of Ohio's most important natural resources, and the State has an adequate supply to meet its immediate needs. Most of Ohio's water problems are associated with water quality. Of primary concern are the sediments, nutrients, and acids in the surface waters from urban, agricultural and mining areas, and the toxic and hazardous waters that threaten the ground and surface waters. The focus of the 1987 State Water Research Program was directed at some of these needs. One project explored the design criteria for an innovative two-stage fluidized bed bioreactor in which the three major process of cell immobilization, biodegradation, and biofilm control were combined in a single unit. This wastewater treatment process is felt to be a substantial evolution in the operational technology of bioreactor design and the successful completion of this project could result in the development of an innovative, reliable and considerably less costly wastewater treatment system. Another project's research was a cooperative effort with OEPA, ODNR, and the Nature Conservancy in examining and assessing the potential institutional and legal constraints that might hinder the development of programs for the management of non-point sources of pollution. Two projects explored the fate and transport of agricultural chemicals as they moved through soils toward the groundwater table. One studied the effects that subsurface agricultural drains have on the movement of pesticides to groundwaters. The other explored the potential impacts that interactions and reactions between herbicides and existing humic materials have on the fate and transport of the herbicides in the groundwater. Training was provided for ten students enrolled in five disciplines in at three universities in Ohio.
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