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Hydraulic, Water Quality and Social Assessment of the Nzoia Basin, Kenya Fishery

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  Watershed Management to Meet Water Quality Standards and Emerging TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Proceedings of the Third Conference 5-9 March 2005 (Atlanta, Georgia USA) Publication Date 5 March 2005  701P0105.(doi:10.13031/2013.18067)
Authors:   E. W. Tollner, M. Muchiri, G. Habron and N. Gitonga
Keywords:   Watershed assessment, BMPs, international agriculture

Developing agriculture and industries are threatening the sustainability of the Lake Victoria fishery. The government of Kenya and Moi University are concerned with putting policies in place that will ensure that watersheds feeding Lake Victoria are developed in a sustainable manner. The aquaculture CRSP is embarking on a project to identify a test watershed and develop capacity at a regional university to enable future local efforts to protect national watersheds. The Nzoia basin was selected based on a preliminary visit with Moi University and Fisheries personnel in the fall of 2003, using accepted principles for watershed assessment. The Nzoia is approximately 70 miles in length and Moi University is near one of the tributaries to the Nzoia River. In this visit, a preliminary work plan was established and a project team assembled. Project activities include building the capacity of Moi University to conduct watershed assessment by making key measurement capabilities and GIS integration; laying a foundation for some hydrologic and BMP modeling efforts; Hydrologic modeling and BMP modeling foundation; and, organizing a watershed assessment focus group and survey analyses center.

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