Ecological Engineering of Floodplains

Mitsch, W.J., L. Zhang, D.F. Fink, M.E. Hernandez, A.E. Altor, C.L. Tuttle and A.M. Nahlik

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We have proposed restoring and creating over 2 million hectares of wetlands in the 3 million km2 Mississippi-Ohio-Missouri River Basin in the USA to serve as sinks for farmland nutrients that are otherwise causing a 15 000 – 20 000 km2 hypoxic (extremely low oxygen) condition in the downstream Gulf of Mexico. We have conducted two main multi-year experiments on full- scale wetlands at the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park in Ohio, USA, to investigate proper ecological design for these wetlands. One of those experiments – a river pulsing study – is presented here.

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Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology