Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Lefticariu, Liliana

Second Advisor

Remo, Jonathan


Wetland systems have been widely studied and found to have enhanced capacity to transform meaningful amounts of nitrate (NO3-N) from shallow subsurface water before the improved-quality water is delivered to lake, river, and groundwater systems. Wetland are characterized by the abundant presence of electron donors and acceptors (i.e., organic carbon & NO3-N, respectively) as well as anoxic and reducing conditions which are crucial for supporting denitrification processes and the reduction of excessive nitrate levels in the environment. When favorable conditions within the wetland systems are not present, denitrification is often limited to the biofilm-protected bacteria hosted on the sediment surfaces. However, there is still a need to determine if floodplain wetlands are being utilized to their maximum potential in excess nitrate removal.




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