April 2015 Newsletter

A Closer Look #149

AWRI Graduate Student Receives Grant Funding

Delilah Clement collecting tile drain effluent at Lake Macatawa Watershed

Delilah Clement, AWRI graduate student working with Al Steinman, is a recipient of this year’s Lake Research Grants Program award, issued by the Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society (McNALMS) and the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations (MS&LA).   The overall goal of this student grants program is to promote student research and outreach for enhancing lake management.

Delilah’s research is examining phosphorus loss via tile drains in the Macatawa Watershed.  She plans to collect tile drain effluent, record land and management factors, perform bioassays on algae using the effluent, and determine if soluble reactive phosphorus (bioavailable) concentrations in relation to total phosphorus from the drain tile have a significant effect on algal growth.  Her research will lead to a better understanding of the relationship between tile drain phosphate and algal blooms in the Macatawa watershed and Lake Macatawa, and is part of the larger Project Clarity initiative being led by the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway.