Training on watershed management concludes

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Dimapur, March 16: The two-day training and workshop on hydro-meteorological monitoring and watershed management that began on March 15 concluded today at Department of Land Resources’ Resource Centre, Ruzaphema, Dimapur organized by the Land Resources Department in collaboration with University of Minnesota and Mississipi Watershed Management Organization, USA.
On March 16, Dr. Udai B. Singh, Water Resource Director, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, Minneapolis along with Land Resources Department, Director, T Renben Lotha installed two manual rain gauges at the Resource Centre. He demonstrated to the participants how to measure the amount of rainfall.
Dr Singh gifted one of the rain gauge instruments brought from USA to the Resource Centre. He said the rain gauge was a gift from the Mississipi Watershed Management Organization, USA.
Later, the participants were taken to another field visit at Chathe River where Dr Joseph Magner, Research Professor, Department of Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota, USA demonstrated how to prevent soil erosion on the river bank by placing boulders in the river. According to Dr. Magner, placing boulders in the river in a specific order would reduce the water current thus minimizing water pressure hitting the river bank. He spoke about the need for community participation in carrying out such activities.
At the river, Dr. Singh demonstrated the method of measuring water flow, its speed and depth. After the demonstration, Dr Singh commented that even as thrash such as plastics could be found all over the river, if the water was to be tested, it could be one of the best drinking water source after getting it treated.
In the last session, Andrew Jenks, Researcher 5, Department of Forest Resources, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota highlighted about how the use of drone could be useful in watershed management systems. He taught the participants how to use a drone in watershed managements and the proper way of acquiring data.
Other topics covered on the last day of the workshop were “Different land capability classification for effective watershed management”, “Different intervention measures for watershed management vis-a-vis Nagaland geomorphology” and “demonstration on application of drones in watershed management.”
There was also a review of the training programme & way forward.
The training was attended by departments of Land Resource, Soil & Water Conservation, ICAR, Water Resources, Northeast Initiative Development Agency and Forest Department. (Page News Service)