Saturated Buffers in Northwest Ohio:
Reducing Drainage Water Volume for Improved Water Quality
A saturated buffer is an innovative conservation practice with positive impacts on downstream water quality. While this practice has been studied across the Midwest, there is limited research about how this practice performs in northwest Ohio. As a result, Ohio researchers are addressing the benefits, costs, and other related issues of this practice within the topography and soil characteristics of northwest Ohio.
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Rural property owners can help reduce nutrient discharge through a wastewater irrigation system. This home septic system allows wastewater to be reused through lawn and landscaping sprayers after the wastewater has been treated and disinfected.
To learn more about this system and its research on water quality improvements, download the fact sheet below.
Conventional Septic Systems vs. Wastewater Irrigation Systems
There’s a vast network of local, state and federal program options available to producers to meet their land management and conservation goals.
View the full federal and state program list here provided by Ohio NRCS-USDA.
For more information, and to get started, contact your local USDA or SWCD Field Office.
Complete this chart using your soil test results to determine the risk category and what practices you can utilize to minimize loss.
Source: USDA-NRCS Ohio Nutrient Management Technical Note “Assessing Nutrient Loss Risk in Ohio”
In this study, a saturated buffer ~500 m in length located in the western basin of the Lake Erie watershed was evaluated for its potential to reduce edge of field runoff and nutrient loading.
GLSM wetlands have been monitored for nutrients and sediment weekly since 2017 in an effort to improve our understanding of their importance for both the local community and beyond. In GLSM, wetland acreage is expected to rise in the future as additional wetland treatment systems are already in the planning and implementation stages.
Wetlands are essential components of healthy watersheds because they improve water quality by sequestering nutrients and reducing runoff rates, provide habitat for wildlife by increasing habitat variability, improve groundwater conditions by providing recharge points, and enhance public resources use potential by providing increased opportunities for recreation and education.