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    Assessing the Impact of Maneuver Training
    on NPS Pollution and Water Quality

    Project Number:  CP:1339

    Landsat 5 TM false-color composite image of Fort Riley, KS (06/07/97)

    Project Goals:
    To identify sources of NPS pollution resulting from military activities and assess the impact of this pollution on surface water quality

    Technical Objectives:

    • Identify military activities at Fort Riley that may contribute to NPS pollution.
      • Collect training records and input into GIS database.
      • Develop remote sensing metric to assess the impact of training on vegetation.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of riparian buffers.
      • Conduct field riparian buffer study.
    • Assess the effectiveness of low water stream crossings (LWSC).
      • Determine contribution of in-channel erosion from hardened stream crossings.
    • Evaluate and modify a comprehensive riparian ecosystem model (REMM).
      • Develop, calibrate, and validate REMM in Flint Hills ecoregion.
    • Evaluate the most effective means of crossing streams during maneuvers.
      • Recommend continued use of LWSC or implementation of alternative strategies balancing military need and environmental impact.
    • Model the contribution of NPS pollution on a representative watershed.
      • Parameterize and run watershed water quality model based on remote sensing metric and incorporate riparian buffer mitigation of sediment transport.
    • Develop improved field-portable sediment characterization sensor. 
      • Design real-time stream sediment sensor to collect data for assessing LWSC.

    Military training range (Hohenfels, Germany)


    Project Organization:
    Research activities are organized around three focus areas, each of which consist of data collection, modeling/design, and assessment activities that culminate in the development of a nonpoint source pollution decision support tool.

    Project technical approach flow chart.


    Principal Investigators:

    For more information, contact:

    Dr. James Steichen
    National Institute for Land Management and Training
    26 Seaton Hall
    Kansas State University
    Manhattan, KS  66506-3201

    Voice:  (785) 532-2101     |     Email:


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    Kansas State University
    March 21, 2005