The plants that grow along streams and rivers help control erosion and water quality. These plants make up the riparian ecosystem, or the river banks. Development in wetland areas is tricky because riparian ecosystems aren’t fully understood.
But Jason Hubbart, assistant professor of hydrology and water quality at MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources hopes to shed light on some of this complexity, according to a MU News Bureau release today. Hubbart received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for $399,995 and will use the money on a four-year research project on riparian ecosystems.
“Riparian systems are incredibly complex, therefore it will take a great deal of effort and intensive instrumentation to address the goals of this study,” Hubbart said. “Instrumentation will include fully automated, solar-powered hydro-meteorological stations that will collect data at 15-minute intervals, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.”
Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency gave out five other wetland grants, though Hubbart received the largest. The grants, which total $1.17 million were awarded to researchers in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.