Red River Research Station Oct. 15 Field Day To Focus On Water Quality

Linda Benedict, Mcbride, Jere M., Rabb, James L.  |  4/19/2005 10:29:12 PM

News Release Distributed 09/28/04

BOSSIER CITY – Water quality issues in agriculture will be highlighted during the LSU AgCenter’s Red River Research Station Field Day slated for Oct. 15.

Dr. Jere McBride, LSU AgCenter Northwest Region director, said growers will benefit from topics discussed during the field day.

"Water quality is an important topic, and we decided to emphasize water quality issues in agriculture during our field day this year," McBride said.

The field day’s activities begin at 9 a.m. in the research station’s auditorium. Those will be followed by a tour of the station’s constructed wetland site at 10:30 a.m.

The constructed wetland consists of two ponds – a shallow pond of 3 acres that ranges up to about 18 inches deep and a deeper pond that is about 6 feet deep and 3 ½ acres.

"The shallow pond contains wetland vegetation to facilitate sediment and nutrient reduction," said Jim Rabb, a researcher at the LSU AgCenter’s Red River Research Station. "The deeper pond is sometimes called the ‘polishing pond.’ It will provide additional nutrient reduction as well as facilitate pesticide degradation."

The specific goal of this project is to show how using natural resources, such as a wetland, can improve the water coming off agricultural land.

Nonpoint-source pollutants – or water pollution that comes from undetermined sources – have been cited as a major cause of impairment of waterways in the Red River Basin.

Other topics that will be discussed during the field day include the design process of a constructed wetland, how plants in a wetland work and water quality in constructed wetlands.

A model of the Sparta Aquifer, as well as a model of a wetland, also will be available for viewing during the field day.

Lunch will be served at noon, and advance registration is requested by Oct. 11, so plans can be made. To register, call (318) 741-7430 Extension 1108.

The LSU AgCenter’s Red River Research Station is located at 262 Research Station Drive off U.S. Highway 71 south of Bossier City.

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Contacts:
Jere McBride at (318) 741-7430 ext. 1108 or jmcbride@agcenter.lsu.edu
Jim Rabb at (318) 741-7430 ext. 1104 or jrabb@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer:
A. Denise Coolman at (318) 644-5865 or dcoolman@agcenter.lsu.edu

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