Nutrient Management in Agricultural Watersheds
 – A Wetlands Solution

A Symposium to be conducted:

May 24th to 26th 2004

Teagasc Research Centre,
Johnstown Castle,
Co. Wexford, Ireland

Hosted by:

 l Teagasc Research Centre, Johnstown Castle,
  Co. Wexford, Ireland

 l Soil and Water Science Department - Wetland
  Biogeochemistry Laboratory, University of Florida / IFAS,
  Gainesville, Florida, USA

 l National Parks and Wildlife Service, Environmental
       Infrastructure and Services Division, The Department of
       Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Dublin 2,
       Ireland

Site Index
l Overview l Call for Abstracts l Post Symposium Field Trip
l Purpose l Tentative Agenda l Symposium Sponsors
l Structure l Registration l Organizing Committee
l Topics l Meeting Site l Area Information
l Who Should Attend l Hotel Accommodations l Contact Information
l Printable Symposium Brochure (PDF)

Overview 

Intensification of agriculture over the last five decades has caused both point and non-point source loss of nutrients such as nitrogen (N)and phosphorous (P) from agriculture. Nutrient loss from agriculture has contributed to eutrophicaton of water resources. Prevention and mitigation of nutrient loss from agriculture requires control of source and transportation factors at field, farm and watershed/catchment scales. There is a continuing need to develop and adopt appropriate measures to increase efficacy of nutrient management in reducing loads to aquatic systems. Thus, it is necessary to consider nutrient retention alternatives such as wetlands at a range of scales within agricultural watersheds. Wetland systems have shown that they retain nutrients at field, farm and watershed/catchment scales through both research and operational treatment systems. Thus, wetlands are increasingly being incorporated as components of watershed nutrient management and wastewater treatment systems. 

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Purpose

The Symposium will provide a forum for synthesis and interpretation of current status on the role of wetlands to improve water quality in agricultural catchments. It recognizes the interdisciplinary nature of the topic, the diversity of researchers from scientific and engineering disciplines, need to synthesize research information on current understanding of wetlands, need to transfer basic research information to managers involved in solving applied problems and to identify future directions for design and management of treatment wetlands.  

The Symposium goals include

  • To synthesize research information and current understanding of wetland functions in catchment management at a range of scales.

  • To improve understanding of nutrient dynamics within wetland systems.

  • Emphasize the role of wetlands as an integral part of nutrient management at field, farm and catchment scales.

  • To identify future wetland research requirements.

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 Structure

The symposium will have invited presentations by international experts and volunteered poster presentations of research conducted on various topics including: current approaches to nutrient management in catchments, function and values of wetlands, wetland biogeochemistry, constructed wetlands (CWs) and their implications for catchment water quality policy and management. Presentations will provide American and European perspectives on the role of wetlands within agricultural catchments. Poster sessions will include volunteered presentations on specific case studies of various aspects and types of wetlands relevant to the goals of the Symposium. A panel discussion during the final session will evaluate extent to which the Symposium has achieved its goals and provide a summary of major findings.  

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Topics

Agricultural Watersheds

  • Nutrient inputs

  • Current management practices

  • On-site remediation

Wetlands – Functions and Values in Watersheds

  • Overview

  • Wetlands in Europe

  • Wetlands in the USA

Wetland Biogeochemistry

  • Nutrient dynamics in wetland systems

  • Long-term sustainability of wetlands for phosphorus retention

  • Water quality

Wetlands in Agricultural Watersheds

  • Integration of wetland systems into agricultural watersheds to retain non-point source P

  • Benefits i.e. ecological, social and cultural, of integrating wetland systems into agricultural landscapes

Constructed Wetlands (CWs)

  • Nutrient management and integration of CWs to treat agricultural wastewater

  • Design criteria for agricultural application

  • Codes of good practice and management of CW systems

Policy

  • European Water Framework Directive (WFD) and potential benefits of wetlands in water quality management at watershed scales

  • Water quality policy/legislation and its application to agriculture.

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Who Should Attend?

The symposium is designed to bring together leading international scientists, engineers, managers and regulators to critically summarize and evaluate state-of-the-art research on wetlands for water quality improvement, with special emphasis on agricultural catchments.

Attendee space will be strictly limited to 150.

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Call for Abstracts

Potential Symposium participants are invited to submit abstracts for poster and oral presentations on Symposium topics no later than March 1, 2004. Abstracts MUST be submitted electronically via this symposium web site. 

NOTE: Both oral and poster presenters will be expected to submit an abstract for publication in the symposium abstract book and they will be expected to submit a full manuscript for publication in the symposium book of proceedings.

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Tentative Agenda

Monday, 24 May 2004

9:00am-10:30am

Symposium Registration Open

10:30am-11:00am

Symposium Introduction and Address

General Session - Agricultural Watersheds and Water Quality

11:00am-11:20am

Water Quality in Ireland – Diffuse Agricultural Eutrophication, a Key Problem – Martin McGarrigle, Environmental Protection Agency, Castlebar, Ireland   (p. 19)

11:20am-11:40am

Agriculture and Water Quality Issues in Northern Ireland – Potential Mitigation Roles for Wetlands – Robert H. Foy, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Ireland   (p. 11)

11:40am-12:00pm

Coffee Break

12:00pm-12:20pm

Nutrient Transfer from Soil to Water - Catchment Based Approach for Phosphorus – Hubert Tunney, Karen Daly and Isabelle Kurz, Teagasc, Wexford, Ireland; Gerard Kiely and Ger Morgan, University College Cork, Ireland; Phil Jordan, University of Ulster, Coleraine, UK; Richard Moles and Paul Byrne, University of Limerick, Ireland   (p. 26)

General Session - Agricultural Wastewaters

12:20pm-12:40pm

Wetlands for the Management of Agricultural Wastewater: a Perspective from the Department of Agriculture and Food – Christopher Robson, Department of Agriculture and Food, Dublin, Ireland   (p. 24)

12:40am-1:00pm

Costing Soiled Water Management in Irish Agriculture – Noel Culleton and Ed Dunne, Teagasc Research Centre, Wexford; Sean Regan Teagasc, Galway; Tom Ryan Teagasc, Kilkenny; Rory Harrington, National Parks and Wildlife, DELG, Waterford; Colm Ryder, Office of Public Works, DEHLG, Dublin, Ireland   (p. 8)

1:00pm-2:30pm

Lunch provided

General Session - Functions and Values of Wetlands within Watersheds

2:30pm-2:50pm

Functions and Values of Wetlands in Agricultural Watersheds in the USA – Mark W. Clark, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL, USA   (p. 4)

2:50pm-3:10pm

Wetlands of Ireland – An Overview – Marinus L. Otte, University College Dublin, Ireland   (p. 20)

3:10pm-3:30pm

Water and Nutrient Budgets in Isolated Wetlands – James W. Jawitz and Daniel B. Perkins, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL, USA   (p. 16)

3:30pm-3:50pm

Wetland Restoration within Agricultural Watersheds: Balancing Water Quality Protection with Habitat Conservation – Steve Robinson and Albert Niedermeier, University of Reading, UK; David Reid, The Somerset Wildlife Trust, Bridgwater, UK   (p. 23)

4:00pm-6:00pm

Poster viewing session followed by cheese and wine reception

6:00pm

Bus to Wexford and Talbot Hotel

8:00pm

Symposium Dinner

 

Tuesday, 25 May 2004

9:00am-10:00am

Symposium Registration Open

General Session - Wetland Biogeochemistry

10:00am-10:20am

Phosphorus Cycling in Wetlands associated with Agricultural Watersheds – K. R. Reddy, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, Florida, USA   (p. 22)

10:20am-10:40am

Nitrogen Cycling in Wetland Systems – Patrick G. Hunt, Matthew A. Poach, and Sarah K. Liehr, USDA-ARS, Florence, SC, USA   (p. 15)

General Session- Constructed Wetlands and Water Quality

10:40am-11:00am

Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment in Europe – Jan Vymazal, ENKI o.p.s., Trebon, Czech Republic   (p. 27)

11:00am-11:20am

Constructed Wetlands to Remove Nitrate – Robert H. Kadlec, Wetland Management Services, Chelsea, MI, USA   (p. 17)

11:20am-11:40am

Phosphorus Removal in Treatment Wetlands – Tom A. DeBusk, Forrest E. Dierberg and John Juston, DB Environmental, Rockledge, FL, USA   (p. 9)

11:40am-12:00pm

Coffee Break

12:00pm-12:20pm

Integrated Constructed Wetlands – Site Suitability Assessment – Jerome Keohane, Geotechnical & Environmental Services Ltd, Carlow; Paul Carroll Waterford County Council; Rory Harrington, National Parks & Wildlife, DEHLG, Waterford; Colm Ryder, Office of Public Works, DEHLG, Dublin, Ireland   (p. 18)

12:20pm-12:40pm

Integrated Constructed Wetlands – Regulatory Policy and Practical Experience in the Irish Planning Context – Colm Ryder, Office of Public Works, DEHLG, Dublin; Jerome Keohane, Geotechnical & Environmental Services Ltd, Carlow; Paul Carroll Waterford County Council; Rory Harrington, National Parks and Wildlife, DEHLG, Waterford, Ireland   (p. 25)

12:40pm-1:00pm

The Concept, Design and Performance of Integrated Constructed Wetlands – Rory Harrington, National Parks and Wildlife, DELG, Waterford; Paul. Carroll, Waterford County Council; Ed. Dunne, Teagasc, Research Centre Wexford; Jerome Keohane, Geotechnical and Environmental Services, Carlow; Colm Ryder, Office of Public Works, DEHLG, Dublin, Ireland   (p. 14)

1:00pm-2:30pm

Lunch provided

General Session - Wetlands in Agricultural Watersheds: Case Studies

2:30pm-2:50pm

Phosphorus Dynamics in Depressional Wetlands in Beef Cattle Pastures in South Florida – Donald A. Graetz and Carla M. Sperry, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA; Patrick J. Bohlen and Stanley M. Gathumbi, Archbold Biological Station, Lake Placid, FL, USA   (p. 13)

2:50pm-3:10pm

A Farm Scale Integrated Constructed Wetland in Ireland – Ed Dunne, Teagasc Research Centre, Wexford and University College of Dublin; Noel Culleton, Teagasc Research Centre Wexford; Grace O’Donovan, University College of Dublin; Rory Harrington, National Parks and Wildlife, DELG, Waterford, Ireland   (p. 10)

3:10pm-3:30pm

Watershed Management and Reelfoot Lake – The Role of Wetlands – Paula M. Gale, University of Tennessee, Martin, TN USA   (p. 12)

3:30pm-3:50pm

Retention of Soil Particles and Phosphorus in Small Constructed Wetlands in Agricultural Watersheds – Bent C. Braskerud, Jordforsk (Norwegian Centre for soil and Environmental Research), Εs, Norway   (p. 3)

3:50pm-4:10pm

Coffee Break

General Session - Policy & Management

4:10pm-4:30pm

The Water Framework Directive in Ireland and It's Implication for Water Resource Management – Pat Duggan, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Dublin, Ireland 

4:30pm-4:50pm

Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment in Rural Communities – Frank Clinton and Margaret Keegan, Environmental Protection Agency, Wexford, Ireland   (p. 5)

4:50pm-5:10pm

Constructed Wetlands for the Treatment of Farmyard Dirty Water: Questions From a Farmer – Robert J. B. Cochrane, Coleraine, L'Derry, Northern Ireland   (p. 6)

6:00pm

Bus to Wexford and Talbot Hotel

 

Wednesday, 26 May 2004

Case Studies

9:00am-9:20am

Treatment of Atrazine in Wetland Macrocosms – G. B. Reddy, Phani. C. Madida and Vestel Shirley, North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, NC, USA   (p. 21)

9:20am-9:40am

Design and Performance of the Glenstal Abbey Wastewater Management System – Ciaran J. Costello, Maxpro Consultants, Cork, Ireland   (p. 7)

9:40am-10:00am

Agricultural Runoff Treatment by a Large Constructed Wetland for the Protection of The Everglades Ecosystem, South Florida, USA – John R. White and Marco A. Belmont, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL, USA   (p. 28)

10:00am-10:30am

Coffee Break

10:30am-12:00pm

Panel Summary and Concluding Remarks

1:30pm-6:00pm

Optional field trip

 

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Registration Information

Registration Fees
All figures are presented in US dollars ($).

Early Reduced Registration 
(Register before March 31st, 2004)

$250

Regular Registration
(Register after March 31st, 2004)

$300

Student Registration

$150

The registration fee, combined with sponsorship funds, provides attendees with one copy of the symposium book of abstracts, a poster session reception, daily lunches, daily mid-morning and afternoon refreshment breaks along with workshop participation.

Proceedings of symposium, which will include manuscripts based on talks and poster presentations, will be published in book format in December 2004 and will be mailed to each participant.

Please note: Registration has been closed. There will be no on-site registration for this symposium.

Refund Policy: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if the Office of Conferences and Institutes (OCI) receives written notification of cancellation on or before April 30, 2004. A $50 processing fee will be deducted from all conference refunds. A $25 processing fee will be deducted from all student refunds. No refunds will be honored for cancellations after April 30, 2004.

Special Needs: Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting Teagasc Research Center, Johnstown Castle, Wexford at least 10 working days prior to the conference. Please contact Ms. Eleanor Spillane by phone at 011-353-53-71269, or by fax at
011-353-53-42213.

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Meeting Site

Teagasc, Johnstown Castle Research Centre, undertakes national research on soils and the environment. In addition, it provides the Teagasc Analytical Services Laboratory for soil, herbage, water and general agricultural materials. It has a proven record of more than 40 years, as a major research centre of international status.

The research programme at Johnstown Castle focuses on managing soils using GIS (geographical information systems), researching strategies to reduce pollution from agriculture sources, establishing databases on heavy metal and micropollutant levels in soil, minimising phosphorus and nitrogen losses from agriculture to water resources, improving efficency of nitrogen use in agricultural systems, and developing agricultural practices that promote farmland wildlife and habitats.

Teagasc Johnstown Castle employes over 90 highly qualified and trained staff. Expertise encompasses soil and plant sciences, agronomy, organic farming, agricultural ecology, analytical, organic and inorganic chemistry. The research centre has a range of facilities. 250 hectares of the estate are devoted to measuring environmental impact of dairy and beef production systems. Resources include fully equipped research and service laboratories, which deal with all major and trace elements, an experimental series of lysimeters, representing major Irish soil types, a mini-catchment where water movement and balances are measured, growth chambers, glasshouses and land resources for design and conduction of small plot to large scale field experiments.

Johnstown Castle was built between 1810 and 1855. Features of the grounds include lakes, woodlands, walled gardens and an Italian Garden. Attractive early nineteenth century farm buildings house the Irish Agricultural Museum where a variety of old horticultural implements are on display.

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Hotel Accommodations

Talbot Hotel LogoThe Talbot Hotel is offering a special group rate of
55 Euro (not US Dollars) per person sharing a room including breakfast. A couple sharing will be 110 Euro inclusive. All rooms have a double bed and a single bed in them. Reservations must be made by January 10, 2004 to receive the special rates. Please be aware that the small block of guest rooms may fill before the deadline, therefore, we urge you to make your reservation at your earliest convenience and state that you are a Nutrient Management Symposium participant.

To make reservations, please contact Maria O'Rourke, Reservations Manager at the Talbot Hotel by email: maria@talbothotel.ie; by phone: 011-353-53-22566 or
fax: 011-353-53-23377. Credit Cards and checks will be accepted. The hotel will not be accepting any online reservations due to the group block setup.

For your convenience the Universal Currency Converter to help with the exchange rate for the Euro can be found at: http://www.xe.com/ucc/

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Post Symposium Field Trip (Optional)

An optional field trip will be conducted on Wednesday afternoon of the last symposium day. The objective of the field trip is to illustrate some innovations in constructed wetland science in Ireland. Various constructed wetland sites will be visited in the Anne Valley, Co. Waterford. Application of constructed wetlands to improve water quality at these sites will range from farm to industrial scales. Other sites will include wetlands constructed as components of riverine ecological restoration within an agricultural watershed. Also some natural wetland sites such as bogs, fens and coastal marshes may be visited.

The symposium registration fees will cover costs of field trip, which includes transportation. All participants should indicate on their registration form if they are interested in attending. If you have additional questions, please contact R. Harrington, National Parks & Wildlife Service, Department of Environment and Local Government, Dublin, Ireland
EMAIL: rharrington@duchas.ie

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Symposium Sponsors


Soil and Water Science Department - Wetland Biogeochemistry Laboratory

Department of Agriculture and Food Logo
Department of Agriculture and Food, Ireland

USDA's header and logoUnited States Department of Agriculture


Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Ireland

Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland

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Organizing Committee

O. T. Carton, Teagasc, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford, Ireland
  EMAIL:
ocarton@johnstown.teagasc.ie

K. R. Reddy, Soil and Water Science Department, University of Florida / IFAS, Gainesville, FL, USA
  EMAIL:
KRR@ifas.ufl.edu

R. Harrington, National Parks & Wildlife Service, Department of Environment and Local Government, Dublin, Ireland
  EMAIL: rharrington@duchas.ie

E. Dunne, Department of Environmental Resource Management, Faculty of Agriculture, Belfield, Dublin 4, and Teagasc, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford, Ireland
  EMAIL: EJDunne@ifas.ufl.edu  -or- edunne@johnstown.teagasc.ie 

N. Culleton, Teagasc Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford, Ireland
    EMAIL:
nculleton@johnstown.teagasc.ie

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Area Information

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Irish Airport, Dublin Airport

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Contact Information

Program Information

O. T. Carton
Teagasc Research Centre, Johnstown Castle
Ph: 00-353-53-42888
Fax: 00-353-53-42213
Email: ocarton@johnstown.teagasc.ie

E. Dunne
Soil and Water Science Department
University of Florida / IFAS
Gainesville, FL USA

Ph: (352) 392-1804
Fax: (352) 392-3399
Email: EJDunne@ifas.ufl.edu -or-

            edunne@johnstown.teagasc.ie

K. R. Reddy
Soil and Water Science Department
University of Florida / IFAS
Gainesville, FL USA
Phone: (352) 392-1803, x317
Fax: (352) 392-3399
Email: krr@ifas.ufl.edu


Registration Information

Sharon Borneman
Office of Conferences and Institutes
University of Florida / IFAS
Gainesville, FL USA

Ph: (352) 392-5930
Fax: (352) 392-9734
Email: spborneman@ifas.ufl.edu

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