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
Written by Laurie Nowatzke, Measurement Coordinator for the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at Iowa State University This week, the 2017 Annual Progress Report for the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy was published. The report is the fourth annual progress evaluation of the NRS, and represents the continued improvement in communicating… Read More Measuring Progress of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy: The 2017 Annual Progress Report
Student project from the Bluestem Institute (left). Image of the Southfork Watershed Alliance sign (right). Story submitted by Melissa Miller, Associate Director for the Iowa Water Center In fall of 2015, I met with a group of 60 high school students at the headwaters of the South Fork of the Iowa River, right off the… Read More Project-Based Learning for future water leaders
Photos of the 2017-2018 Agronomy in the Field cohort for Central Iowa at the ISU Field Extension Education Lab. Photos by Hanna Bates. An education in soil sampling Last week I attended Agronomy in the Field, led by Angie Reick-Hinz, an ISU field agronomist. The workshop focused on soil sampling out in a field. The… Read More Get to know your soil
Post submitted by Emily Martin, MS Environmental Science student at Iowa State University Intensive farming and heavy nutrient application in the Midwest coupled with an extensive subsurface tile drainage network frequently leads to excessive nutrients in surface waters. As a result, heavy amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus has become a critical issue for policy and… Read More Summer Update from the IWC Graduate Student Research Grant Program: Emily Martin
Caring for Sister Water was one of many creation care efforts that came with the founding of Prairiewoods 20 years ago. These efforts included two infiltration ponds that hold much of the water that runs off our parking lots and roadways, as well as numerous trees and plants with extensive root systems that hold and cleanse water. After the Cedar Rapids floods of 2008, we doubled our efforts to address storm water concerns— we installed permeable pavers, hosted rain barrel classes and identified four storm water culverts that drain on our land. Varying degrees of erosion meant that all four of these culvert areas needed attention.
The Boone River Watershed Nutrient Management Initiative project has been granted additional funding from Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). This is in order to extend the project for another three years to increase the use of conservation and water quality practices in Prairie and Eagle Creek Watersheds. In these projects, we will continue working towards meeting Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy goals. The extension process involved writing a new grant application based on the lessons learned from our first three years.… Read More Development of a Watershed Project Extension