Title

Stormwater Delivery and Remediation in Rolla Ponds

Presenter Information

Jeremy Mesa

Department

Biological Sciences

Major

Biological Sciences

Research Advisor

Niyogi, Dev
Fitch, Mark W.

Advisor's Department

Biological Sciences

Second Advisor's Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Funding Source

Missouri Water Resources Research Center

Abstract

This project will examine nutrient pollution and remediation in two urban ponds in Rolla. The OURE Fellow, Jeremy Mesa, will conduct lab and field trials on management strategies for limiting urban stormwater pollution. The project will focus on two urban watersheds in Rolla: the Schuman Park and Ber Juan Park watersheds, which both have small ponds. Stormwater nutrients lead to significant water quality problems in the ponds, impairing human uses for recreation such as fishing. The project will focus on the use of “floating treatment wetlands” to limit the effects of nutrients on water quality in these ponds. Plants and algae will be examined for effective nutrient sequestration in microcosm studies. The best taxa will be grown in the treatment wetlands and periodically harvested to remove nutrients from the ponds. Additional research will help determine optimal harvesting strategies. The goal of the research is to help establish an inexpensive, bio-inspired strategy to protect the urban ponds of Rolla.

Biography

Jeremy Mesa is from Kansas City, Missouri, and is a student of biological sciences. He is a member of the S&T synthetic biology design team, iGEM, and is an undergraduate researcher under Dr. Dev Niyogi. He takes interest in biochemistry as well as ecology. Jeremy aspires to be an environmental scientist focused on bioremediation, but, if he weren’t a student at Missouri S&T, he would be training as a luthier.

Presentation Type

OURE Fellows Proposal Oral Applicant

Document Type

Presentation

Location

Missouri Room

Presentation Date

16 Apr 2019, 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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Stormwater Delivery and Remediation in Rolla Ponds

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This project will examine nutrient pollution and remediation in two urban ponds in Rolla. The OURE Fellow, Jeremy Mesa, will conduct lab and field trials on management strategies for limiting urban stormwater pollution. The project will focus on two urban watersheds in Rolla: the Schuman Park and Ber Juan Park watersheds, which both have small ponds. Stormwater nutrients lead to significant water quality problems in the ponds, impairing human uses for recreation such as fishing. The project will focus on the use of “floating treatment wetlands” to limit the effects of nutrients on water quality in these ponds. Plants and algae will be examined for effective nutrient sequestration in microcosm studies. The best taxa will be grown in the treatment wetlands and periodically harvested to remove nutrients from the ponds. Additional research will help determine optimal harvesting strategies. The goal of the research is to help establish an inexpensive, bio-inspired strategy to protect the urban ponds of Rolla.