Saturated buffers (SBs) are an edge-of-field conservation practice that remove nitrate from tile drainage. Because this practice is relatively new, there is limited understanding in how to most effectively design them. This poster focuses on determining the optimal width for maximum nitrate removal. Results from the study indicate that many SBs are designed to be too wide, ultimately reducing the effectiveness of the SB to remove nitrate.
Understand how saturated buffers function and the role they play in improving water quality
Design saturated buffers to more effectively remove nitrate from tile drainage
Recognize the importance of research related to conservation practices