A tool to estimate the nutrient removal and carbon storage benefits of wetlands to prioritize conservation and restoration in the upper Midwest.
This wetland-scale planning tool uses publicly available data on water quality, soil properties, and wetland-watershed relationships to estimate nitrogen removal, phosphorus removal, and carbon sequestration to maximize the benefits of wetland conservation and restoration.
Users input data (e.g., watershed area, nutrient loads) in the spreadsheet. Literature values are used to estimate nutrient removal and storage for a specified area. Field data, local knowledge, or other sources of input values can improve tool outputs. Hydraulic Loading Rate is the ratio of annual watershed water volume to wetland area (m/year).
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