Potential Nitrogen Removal by Restoring Wetlands on Retired Cranberry Bogs

This project seeks to better understand the sources and movement of nitrogen in wetlands. We are primarily interested in how much nitrogen is delivered to wetlands and how much nitrogen is potentially removed by ecological restoration of wetlands. We use a combination of field measurements and computer modeling to answer these questions.

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What are the water quality benefits of wetland restoration?

By Casey Kennedy on August 20, 2022 (updated October 4, 2022)
We answered this question using field measurements of nitrogen fluxes in groundwater and surface water at Tidmarsh. We found that Tidmarsh retained 28% of the nitrogen entering as surface water and groundwater. Although 28% nitrogen retention was low compared with natural wetlands, it will likely improve as vegetation and soils mature, which may increase residence times, enhance hydrologic connectivity, and facilitate favorable conditions for biogeochemical transformations the promote nitrogen retention.


Casey Kennedy
Molly Welsh