New research shows that “multi-purpose oxbows” can effectively reduce nitrate-nitrogen, earning them a spot in the Iowa Nutrient Research Strategy’s menu of conservation options. Keith Schilling, State Geologist and Director of the Iowa Geological Survey, is lead investigator for Iowa Nutrient Research Center- sponsored research to better understand the benefits of oxbow restoration for water quality. Partners in the research include the Iowa Soybean Association, The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Geological Survey's Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Iowa State.
Iowa Learning Farms, ithe Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group (CLG) will present a virtual field day on the benefits of increased water quality enhancement wetlands and oxbows in the Midwest on Thursday, October 21 at 1 p.m. CT. Join us as we explore a few different wetlands and oxbows in the state and discuss funding programs. We will look at how these water quality enhancement wetlands and oxbows can be used as part of risk management and nutrient reductions plans, and provide needed wildlife habitat in key locations. This highly interactive virtual field day will be a discussion between landowners, scientists, wildlife specialists and virtual field day participants. Get more details or register at: https://iastate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpduihpj8iE9ZHcjpsenc2DWQILG41wg0D.