Red River Basin Water Quality Decision Support Application (WQDSA) Enhancements
Accelerated Implementation Grant 2014
Refinement of Targeting Tool
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
As part of the FY 2012 funding cycle, the Board of Water and Soil Resources granted funds for development of the Water Quality Decision Support Application (WQDSA). The WQDSA will provide land and water managers with geospatial data and online tools to prioritize, market, and implement actions on the landscape to achieve water quality objectives identified in local and state water plans and to ensure that public funding decisions are strategic and defensible.
This project takes advantage of new methods and tools to produce and integrate more advanced water quality data into the WQDSA for better prioritization and targeting of practices in the Red River Basin. Since initial funding was secured for the WQDSA, methods to derive water quality data have advanced affording opportunities to provide water quality data which surpass those originally envisioned for inclusion in the WQDSA. In addition to basic stream power and sediment yield data, methods and tools have been developed to estimate and rank sediment, phosphorus, and nitrogen yields at the overland catchment, subwatershed, and watershed scale throughout the Red River Basin. Furthermore, an integrated water quality index has been produced for application at these various scales which combines the ranks for sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus.