Oxbows for Conservation and Nutrient Reduction in Iowa Floodplains

Post submitted by Clay L. Pierce, U.S. Geological Survey and Keith E. Schilling, Iowa Geological Survey Formed when looping stream meanders are cut off through bank erosion or as the result of artificial stream straightening, oxbows are a common geomorphic feature in floodplains of Iowa’s agricultural landscape. Early accounts of habitat use by many fish species… Read More Oxbows for Conservation and Nutrient Reduction in Iowa Floodplains

2018 Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference

Post submitted by Tianna Griffin, the Iowa Water Center’s Special Projects Assistant Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) 2018 Annual Conference was an event that brought families, farmers and professionals together to learn and meet new people.  It was my first time attending a conference and it won’t be my last. The event was from January… Read More 2018 Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference

The Realms of Flood Resilience: protecting our communities

Post submitted by Craig Just, assistant professor for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa and Ashlee Johannes, coordinator for the Iowa Watershed Approach Flood Resilience Program.  How can we become more flood resilient? Community resilience is a recent desire for communities that face a serious disruption in their routine. But, what… Read More The Realms of Flood Resilience: protecting our communities

Forming Successful Partnerships: Connecting Water Quality and Communities for the Benefit of All

Post submitted by Josh Balk, Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project Coordinator, and Shane Wulf, Miller Creek Water Quality Improvement Project Coordinator.  In an ever-changing environmental landscape with increasing demands, tighter budgets, and a sense of uncertainty, partnerships are essential to provide resiliency for any water quality effort.  Whether a watershed project, a community organization, or just an… Read More Forming Successful Partnerships: Connecting Water Quality and Communities for the Benefit of All

Winter Update from the IWC Graduate Student Research Grant Program: Emily Martin

Post submitted by Emily Martin, MS Environmental Science student at Iowa State University and recipient of the Graduate Student Supplemental Research Competition Since the last update, we switched the focus of our study to the ability of biochar to remove nitrate in comparison to a woodchip-only bioreactor. As a reminder, the original goal of the project… Read More Winter Update from the IWC Graduate Student Research Grant Program: Emily Martin