Photo courtesy of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center Iowa State: Carrie Davis cleans a water quality sensor.
The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University announced earlier this month that it has funded 11 new projects related to water quality. Researchers from Iowa State, the University of Iowa and Northern Iowa will collaborate on the projects with the US Department of Agriculture, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Soybean Association, the Nature Conservancy and AgSolver, Inc. in the third year of center-funded research. The 11 projects address critical needs or gaps in nitrogen and phosphorus research identified as part of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The strategy is a science and technology-based approach to assess and reduce nutrients delivered to Iowa waterways and the Gulf of Mexico. Among the topics examined are: water quality performance on prairie strips; scientific and technological tools to implement the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy; linking nutrient reduction practices with biomass energy; evaluation of stacked conservation practices on phosphorus and sediment loss; quantifying benefits from nutrient reduction practices; reducing nutrient losses while increasing farm profit through precision conservation; and the impacts of cover crops on phosphorus and nitrogen loss with surface runoff. More information on the projects and the researchers involved can be found at the center’s website at www.cals.iastate.edu/nutrientcenter/project. The site also includes previous projects and quarterly progress reports of each study.