Student NameQuinn Zacharias
Faculty Mentor NameDavid Kaplan
CollegeCollege of Engineering
MajorEnvironmental engineering sciences
Research InterestsWater management, ecological engineering, environmental ethics
Academic AwardsFlorida Federation of Garden Clubs scholar 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018,
OrganizationsAmerican Water Resources Association
Hobbies and InterestsGator Salsa, kayaking, hiking

Research Project

Making the Everglades work - How can water quality and quantity be managed to optimize ecosystem integrity?

Managing phosphorus has been a serious hurdle in recent Florida Everglades’ restoration. An ultra-low 10 microgram per liter phosphorous standard was framed 27 years ago and continues to be the status quo for water management in South Florida. However, many argue that the paradigm is shifting and the standard is loosing relevance. This standard has created several unintended consequence such as a trade-off of water quantity for quality. This is a large expense when the landscape is in critical need of more water. This trade-off and its relation to the standard need comprehensive analysis, because numerous environmental restoration projects will break ground in the near future. Understanding this dynamic will be critical in designing these public works. Over the 2019-2020 year, a synthesis on all of the current literature pertaining to the subject will be completed. As a result, a roadmap of future research will be proposed to help fill gaps in knowledge. If water flow and nutrient loads can be optimally managed, the Everglades become one step closer to being restored.