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Iowa Water Quality Initiative and opportunities for county Farm Bureaus Overview

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a science and technology-based framework adopted as the policy for Iowa in May 2013 to assess and reduce nutrients to Iowa waters and the Gulf of Mexico. It’s designed to direct efforts to reduce nutrients in surface water from both point and nonpoint sources in a scientific, reasonable and cost effective manner. The strategy outlines a pragmatic approach for reducing nutrient loads discharged from the state’s largest wastewater treatment plants, in combination with targeted practices designed to reduce loads from nonpoint sources such as farm fields. This is the first time such an integrated approach involving both point sources and nonpoint sources has been attempted.

To implement the agricultural portion of the strategy, the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship has introduced its Water Quality Initiative (WQI). Large priority watersheds...



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