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Katrina S. ZiemniakFollow

Major

Environmental Engineering

Anticipated Graduation Year

2023

Access Type

Open Access

Abstract

There is a growing area in the Northern Gulf of Mexico void of any oxygen so that no marine life can survive. The main contributor to this phenomenon is excess nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, from farms across the Mississippi basin culminating in the Gulf. This research investigates constructed wetlands as a solution by learning about their components, removal process, and costs. This analysis of multiple sources shows constructed wetlands can be a practical option to reducing nutrient waste before it reaches main waterways. This concludes the widespread implementation of this process should begin immediately to begin saving the NGOM.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Gaj Sivandran, Assistant Clinical Professor; Laura Goldstein, Advanced Lecturer

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Constructed Wetlands for Removing Excess Nutrients

There is a growing area in the Northern Gulf of Mexico void of any oxygen so that no marine life can survive. The main contributor to this phenomenon is excess nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, from farms across the Mississippi basin culminating in the Gulf. This research investigates constructed wetlands as a solution by learning about their components, removal process, and costs. This analysis of multiple sources shows constructed wetlands can be a practical option to reducing nutrient waste before it reaches main waterways. This concludes the widespread implementation of this process should begin immediately to begin saving the NGOM.