upstream crop picture

Big Creek Research & Extension Team 

The Big Creek Research and Extension Team, BCRET, was tasked with for evaluating the potential impact and sustainable management of the C&H Farm operation on the water quality of Big Creek. The study included these  major tasks:

1. Monitoring the fate and transport of nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment, and bacteria from land-applied swine slurry to pastures.

2. Assessing the potential impact of farming operations (slurry holding ponds and land applied slurry) on the water quality of Big Creek below the C&H Farm, as well as emerging springs and ephemeral streams.

3. Determining the effectiveness and sustainability of alternative manure management techniques, including solid-liquid separation, which may enhance the export of nutrient out of the watershed.


NEW: Revised final report for this five-year project is now available.


A coding error in Loadest was corrected and the resulting nutrient loads determined are provided in the section “Nutrient Loads in Big Creek Up and Downstream of C&H Farm 12-31-19 Revised” of the Final Report. 


Bacteria Trends in Flowing Waters

E. coli in Flowing Waters


Electrical Resistivity Imaging