Our project objectives are to:
1. Implement surface water runoff monitoring stations in tandem with existing subsurface tile drainage monitoring stations on paired micro-watersheds in an agricultural field in Addison County, Vermont.
2. Monitor surface and subsurface flow rates and volumes and P (phosphorus) loss from the paired watersheds to compare (control vs. treatment) the effect of the implementation of a suite of selected soil health best management practices (specifically no-till and drilled cover crop) during corn silage production.
3. Disseminate results of surface and subsurface flow monitoring to Lake Champlain Basin stakeholders, including farmers, policy-makers, researchers, and agricultural service providers.
4. Establish infrastructure for long-term surface and subsurface water quality monitoring and BMP evaluation on an agricultural field in the Lake Champlain Basin for future research, demonstration, and education efforts.