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Geoff Burmeister, Sommer Engels, Ben Hamm, Andrea Kraus

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Matthew Weibel, Valerie Tran, Stephen Scheele, Caitlin Jacob, Joseph Halso

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Ali Al-Heji, Rachel Chalat, Josh Cornfeld, Sarah Mostafa

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The goal of this project is to marry the traditional with the modern by recycling a renewable resource within farming communities of Telangana state in India. Minor irrigation ponds are man-made banked earth structures used to store rainwater, and have been in use in Telangana for centuries. These ponds have to be de-silted to keep up their water storage capacity, with the silt being applied to agricultural land in place of artificial inputs (fertilizers and pesticides).

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Jeff Jay, Will Kletter, Maite Madrazo, Josh Novacheck, Rory Pulvino

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Claire Matucheski, Julia Ruedig, Kristine Schantz, Jacob Talbot

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Kelsea Ballantyne, Charlise Randall & Dan Tish

With seed funding from U-M’s Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability Program, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Grobbel is using a vacant house in Detroit to cultivate approximately 400 shrimp from larvae, distribute the mature shrimp within the city, and demonstrate aquaculture as a viable way to address the scarcity of locally grown seafood, while simultaneously finding productive uses for vacant property in the city.

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As published in Environmental Management. Authors include Margaret Kalcic, Linda Prokopy, Jane Frankenberger, and Indrajeet Chaubey.

Watershed managers have largely embraced targeting of agricultural conservation as a way to manage strategically non-point source pollution from agricultural lands. However, while targeting of particular watersheds is not uncommon, targeting farms and fields within a specific watershed has lagged. In this work, the researchers employed a qualitative approach, using farmer interviews in west-central Indiana to better understand their views on targeting. Interviews focused on adoption of conservation practices on farmers’ lands and identified their views on targeting, disproportionality, and monetary incentives. Results show consistent support for the targeting approach, despite dramatic differences in farmers’ views of land stewardship, in their views about disproportionality of water quality impacts, and in their trust in conservation programming. While the theoretical concept of targeting was palatable to all participants, many raised concerns about its practical implementation, pointing to the need for flexibility when applying targeting solutions and revealing misgivings about the government agencies that perform targeting.