The USDA-ARS Everglades Agro-Hydrology Research Unit (EAHRU) was established in February 1998.

Our mission is to provide hydrologic science and technology needed to sustain agricultural production and a quality environment in south Florida. The focus of the unit is primarily on the south Florida region which has a unique hydrologic system with:

1. Low-gradient drainage
2. Typically high ground water table
3. Extensive drainage canal network
4. Direct impact on the hydrology affecting the Everglades National Park restoration plan

The main Unit's specific objectives are to:

1. Assess the fundamentals interrelationship between the hydrology of the drainage canals and the agricultural production in south Dade County

2. Conduct agro-hydrology field experiments and modeling studies

3. Develop a farm scale computer model that will simulate the water balance, crop production, pesticide and nutrient movement within the unsaturated zone

4. Link the farm scale model with a regional hydrologic model.
Action and regulatory agencies will use EAHRU's experimental results and the computer model in agricultural and environmental decision making and planning.


 


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