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11/03/20: Jay Martin
November 3, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Please join us for a Virtual Great Lakes Seminar Series presentation:
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Jay Martin, Ohio State University
Title: Developing a Public-Private Partnership to Manage Elevated Phosphorus Fields For Agricultural Production and Water Quality
About the presentation: We established a Private Public Partnership (PPP) to identify and manage agricultural fields in the Western Lake Erie Basin where large reductions in phosphorus are likely to be realized. Fields with high risk of phosphorus runoff were identified based on soil test phosphorus levels two times greater than agronomic recommendations. Phosphorus runoff from these fields cannot be managed by only in field practices because fertilizer application is not required for crop production. Therefore, to further reduce phosphorus runoff from these sites requires the use of edge of field BMPs. Establishing a PPP allowed private partners to maintain proprietary data while assisting the public partners in identifying fields with high risk of phosphorus loss. The private partners, farmers and their consultants, best know their field characteristics and can facilitate field identification and the selection of conservation plans that are likely to be effective. Through collaboration with 4R Certification Program, Nutrient Service Providers, and farmers we are implementing and monitoring the impacts of conservation practices on 14 elevated phosphorus fields in the Maumee Watershed. Preliminary results from the project will describe the characteristics and runoff water quality from elevated phosphorus fields. The structure and results from this research demonstrate the value of collaborating with NSPs to identify legacy sources of nutients, and the value of forming PPPs when proprietary information can limit the identication and accessibility of sites where environmental management practices can be most beneficial.
About the speaker: Jay Martin is a professor of ecological engineering who analyzes and integrates human and natural systems. As a faculty member in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and a Faculty co-lead for the OSU Sustainability Institute, he seeks to use natural systems to improve water quality and increase sustainability. His interdisciplinary research links field studies, watershed models, and socio-economic analyses with stakeholder groups to investigate connections between downstream water quality and management practices in upstream watersheds.
Currently, Dr. Martin is leading a $5M USDA-NIFA project to establish a Public-Private Partnership with crop consultants and farmers, to identify fields with elevated nutrient levels where management practices will be installed and monitored in an effort to reduce nutrient runoff. He is also leading an interdisciplinary research team to evaluate the impacts of a large green infrastructure project, “Blueprint Columbus,” on water, communities, ecosystems, economics and public health within the City of Columbus. Outside of Ohio, Dr. Martin’s other research has included Mayan agroecosystems in southern Mexico, biodigesters in Costa Rica, Andes wetlands in Colombia, and the use of algae as a soil amendment by Oʻahu farmers in Hawaii. As of 2019, he has published over 65 peer-reviewed articles, successfully advised over 35 Graduate Students and Post Docs, and been awarded more than $17M to support his research program. He is certified as a Senior Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America and a Professional Engineer in Ohio.
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