The State of Iowa has a developed a
collaborative, research-based plan to conserve the state’s soils and
protect water quality – it’s called the
Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, or the Iowa Water Quality Initiative.
The strategy was developed by researchers at Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and it was first funded by the Iowa Legislature in 2013. It maps out the rural and urban factors contributing to Iowa’s water quality and offers tailored solutions and proven practices for Iowa’s farms, businesses, and communities in a scientific, reasonable and cost-effective manner.
You’ll find many examples of how farmers are implementing the practices recommended by Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy on conservationcountsiowa.com and cleanwateriowa.org.