Utilizing GIS to Study Concentrated Flow Off Agricultural Fields in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Hello W&M!  My name is Sarah Young, and I am a Geology and Environmental Science Double Major here at the College.  My Honors Thesis project that I will be working on this summer and next year revolves around the problems associated with agricultural runoff bypassing riparian buffers, allowing excess nutrients into the already unhealthy Chesapeake Bay.  I am so excited to embark on this journey and begin my research with Professor Greg Hancock of the Geology Department.  Many thanks to Professor Hancock, the Charles Center, the Theresa W. Long and Emil L. Hanzevack Faculty/Student Research Endowment, and everyone who has contributed to my Honors research via the W&M website.  I would not have been able to do this without your generous assistance.  I’d also like to recognize Lyndsey Funkhouser, who recently defended her Honors Thesis on riparian buffer bypass and has helped me in crafting a project that would expand on her own.

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