Provincial policy makers use watershed models that currently rely on either localized or outdated farm data from the 1970s. Over the next several months, our team will be updating these models with real data from farmers across 11 sub-watersheds across southwestern Ontario. We are interested in crop rotation, yields, equipment, fertility and tillage programs, as well as soil testing. In case you're worried, the data will be secured and used only for the purposes of updating the model.
This project is led by Dr. Chris Wellen at Ryerson University, in association with the Great Lakes Institute of Environmental Research at the University of Windsor. Funding for this project was provided as a grant to the University of Windsor by the Province of Ontario through the Canada-Ontario Agreement.
Chris Wellen is a geographer and eco-hydrologist, leading the project from Ryerson University.
Melisa Luymes is rural sociologist and agvocate, leading the farmer surveys & soil sampling.