Big Creek Research and Extension Team
The Big Creek Research and Extension Team, BCRET, is responsible for evaluating the potential impact and sustainable management of the C&H Farm operation on the water quality of Big Creek. The study includes the following 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.