Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 164, Issue 1–4, pp 1–19 | Cite as

An Integrated Modeling Approach to Total Watershed Management: Water Quality and Watershed Assessment of Cheney Reservoir, Kansas, USA

  • Steven H. WangEmail author
  • Donald G. Huggins
  • Lyle Frees
  • Chad G. Volkman
  • Niang C. Lim
  • Debra S. Baker
  • Val Smith
  • Frank deNoyellesJr.


Degradation of water quality is the major health concern for lakes and reservoirs in the central regions of the United States as a result of heavily devoted agricultural production. A vital key to the development of a reservoir management strategy is to identify nutrient loading that describes associated water quality conditions in reservoirs. This study integrated AnnAGNPS watershed and BATHTUB lake models to simulate actual lake water quality conditions of Cheney Reservoir, KS, and demonstrated the use of the coupled model for simulating lake response to changes in different watershed land use and management scenarios. The calibrated current-conditions model simulated in-lake reductions as much as 52% for TN, 48% for TP, and 70% for chlorophyll a due to conversion to native grass, and increases as much as 4% for TN, 9% for TP and 6% for chlorophyll a due to conversion of land from the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to cropland (15.5% of watershed). This model also demonstrated an increase in chlorophyll a (19%) as the lake sediment capacity was reached over the next century.


eutrophication lake modeling sedimentation watershed management watershed modeling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven H. Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Donald G. Huggins
    • 2
  • Lyle Frees
    • 3
  • Chad G. Volkman
    • 3
  • Niang C. Lim
    • 4
  • Debra S. Baker
    • 5
  • Val Smith
    • 6
  • Frank deNoyellesJr.
    • 4
  1. 1.Aquatic Ecotoxicology Lab, Kansas Biological SurveyUniversity of KansasLawrence
  2. 2.Aquatic Ecology, Kansas Biological SurveyUniversity of KansasLawrence
  3. 3.Department of AgricultureNatural Resources Conservation ServiceSalina
  4. 4.Kansas Biological SurveyUniversity of KansasLawrence
  5. 5.Central Plains Center for BioAssessment, Kansas Biological SurveyUniversity of KansasLawrence
  6. 6.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of KansasLawrence

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