Providing adequate food for a growing global population while protecting and sustaining the environment is a daunting challenge. My research and Extension work focuses on the enterprise of managing water on the agricultural landscape—to meet both agricultural productivity and water quality goals. Nutrient movement from agricultural lands to downstream waters is a particular water quality issue facing Minnesota and the northern Cornbelt region and my work seeks engineering solutions to mitigate these impacts.
SSM 3301: Global Water Resource Use and Sustainability
SSM 3302: Bali – Water and Culture from Rainforests to Reefs (Global Seminar)
Sands, G. R., Canelon, D., & Talbot, M. 2015. Developing optimum subsurface drainage design procedures. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B—Soil & Plant Science, 65(sup1), 121-127.
Dalzell, B.J., J.Y. King, D.J. Mulla, J.C. Finlay, and G.R. Sands. 2011. Influence of subsurface drainage on quantity and quality of dissolved organic matter export from agricultural landscapes. J. Geophys. Res., 116, G02023, doi:10.1029/2010JG001540.
Strock, J.S., G.R. Sands, and M.J. Helmers. 2011. Subsurface Drainage Design and Management to Meet Agronomic and Environmental Goals. In: Soil Management: Building a Stable Base for Agriculture. J.L. Hatfield and T.J. Sauer (eds.), American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America, 5585 Guilford Road, Madison, WI 53711, USA.
Elliott, S., M.H. Meyer, G.R. Sands, and B. Horgan. 2011. Water Quality Characteristics of Three Rain Gardens Located Within the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, Minnesota. Cities and the Environment(CATE): Vol. 4: Iss. 1, Article 4. Available at: http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/cate/vol4/iss1/4.
Nangia, V., P.H. Gowda, D.J. Mulla, and G.R. Sands. 2010. Modeling Impacts Of Tile Drain Spacing And Depth On Nitrate-N Losses In The Upper Midwestern U.S. Vadose Zone J. 9(1):61-72.
Blann, K.*, J.L. Anderson, G.R. Sands, B. Vondracek. 2009. Effects of Agricultural Drainage on Aquatic Ecosystems: A Review. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology 39(11):909-1001.
Feyereisen, G.W.y, G.R. Sands, J.S. Strock, B.N. Wilson, and P.M. Porter. 2007. Hydrology and nitrogen components of a simple rye growth model. J. of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering 133(2): 90-99.
Sands, G.R. and T.H. Podmore. 2000. A Generalized Environmental Sustainability Index for Agricultural Systems. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment 79(1):29-41.
Sands, G. R., I. D. Moore, and C. R. Roberts. 1982. Supplemental Irrigation of Horticultural Crops in the Humid Region. Water Resources Bulletin 18(5):831-839.
Richard C. Newman Outreach Award
ASABE Blue Ribbon Awards
American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers