SOurce STream (headwater) PROtection from forest practices: what are the costs and benefits, and how best to do it?
Dr. John Richardson is leading a team of researchers in a project titled SOurce STream (headwater) PROtection from forest practices (SOSTPRO).
SOSTPRO aims to ask how much benefit we receive by different degrees of protection of small streams, whether we could put less protection around bigger streams, and how much would these protective measures cost. SOSTPRO will also explore how these results might differ by landscape (e.g., latitude, slopes, and soils).
Small streams are vulnerable to land use, and often are ditched, straightened, and land use extends to the stream edge. Small streams are also highly sensitive to erosion of sediments, inputs of nutrients and contaminants, heating of the water, and loss of energy sources. This is particularly the case for forestry where in most parts of the world there is very little protection, and yet we protect larger streams even though sediments, nutrients, warmer water and reduced energy inputs arrive there from impacted source streams.
This collaboration between Canada, Sweden and Finland is part of the WaterWorks challenge to find solutions to emerging problems for water protection in heavily used landscapes around the world.
About the funding
NSERC is pleased to announce its support for water research taking place not only within our own borders but on a global scale. NSERC is the Canadian funding partner organization, alongside the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), supporting six international research collaborations through the Water Joint Programming Initiative.
The funded projects will focus on the sustainable management of water resources in agriculture, forestry and freshwater aquaculture.
Canada will be the lead on three of the six projects receiving Canadian support, with a total contribution of $1.84 million CAD over three years.
Learn more on the NSERC website.