NewsDrop May 2023


The Field Research Park (FRP).

By: Mark Hamilton , EAA Executive Director of Aquifer Management Services

The Field Research Park (FRP) is a hub for ground water-related sustainability research. At the FRP the EAA is demonstrating and evalu ating various land manage ment practices and their potential effects on aquifer sustainability. The hypothesis driving the work is that the practices offer potential for improved soil health, added soil water hold ing capacity, better infiltration, and reduction of sediments in surface runoff. Quantifying these effects is challenging, and the EAA has deployed multiple tools and methods designed to measure and analyze potential benefits of various land management techniques. In addition to numerous meteorological and soil mois ture sensors, we have recently added a nuclear magnetic res onance (NMR) tool. This novel tool can detect the amount of water in the subsurface and will be used to measure land management-in duced changes in the subsur face moisture profile.

Volunteer work at the FRP.


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