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Journal of Environmental Quality Abstract - Landscape and Watershed Processes

Estimating Runoff Phosphorus Losses from Calcareous Soils in the Minnesota River Basin


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  1. Vol. 31 No. 6, p. 1918-1929
    Received: July 15, 2001

    * Corresponding author(s): brezo001@umn.edu
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  1. F. Fanga,
  2. P. L. Brezonik *b,
  3. D. J. Mullad and
  4. L. K. Hatchc
  1. a Graduate Program in Water Resources Science, 500 Pillsbury Dr. SE, Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455
    b Dep. of Civil Engineering and Water Resources Center, Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108
    d Dep. of Soil, Water and Climate, Univ. of Minnesota, MN 55108
    c Water Resources Center, 173 McNeal Hall, Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108


Bioavailable phosphorus (BAP) in stormwater runoff is a key issue for control of eutrophication in agriculturally impacted watersheds. Laboratory experiments were conducted in soil runoff boxes to determine BAP content in simulated storm runoff in 10 (mostly) calcareous soils from the Minnesota River basin in southern Minnesota. The soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP) portion of the runoff BAP was significantly correlated with soil Mehlich-III P, Olsen P, and water-extractable P (all r2 > 0.90 and p < 0.001). A linear relationship (r2 = 0.88, p < 0.001) also was obtained between SRP in runoff and the phosphorus saturation index based on sorptivity (PSIs) calculated with sorptivity as a measure of the inherent soil P sorption capacity. Runoff levels of BAP estimated with iron oxide–impregnated paper were predicted well by various soil test P methods and the PSIs of the soils, but correlation coefficients between these variables and runoff BAP were generally lower than those for runoff SRP. Using these relationships and critical BAP levels for stream eutrophication, we found corresponding critical levels of soil Mehlich-III P and Olsen P (which should not be exceeded) to be 65 to 85 and 40 to 55 mg kg−1, respectively.

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Copyright © 2002. American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science SocietyPublished in J. Environ. Qual.31:1918–1929.