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Multi-purpose Oxbows Make the Grade for Nutrient Reduction

November 14, 2019

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. Read more about Multi-purpose Oxbows Make the Grade for Nutrient Reduction

Iowa State University Advances Saturated Riparian Buffers as a Promising Water-quality Practice for Crop Fields

December 17, 2018

A new technology for cleansing nutrients from water leaving Iowa’s tile-drained fields began with two Iowa State University researchers brainstorming after a professional meeting. Their “back of the napkin” discussion in 2010 led to development of saturated riparian buffers, a new conservation practice that is rapidly gaining interest in Iowa and far beyond. Read more about Iowa State University Advances Saturated Riparian Buffers as a Promising Water-quality Practice for Crop Fields

Webinar May 25 previews new video series showcasing Iowa wetlands

May 3, 2021

“Profiles in the Wonders of Iowa’s Wetlands” will feature 12 in-depth educational videos highlighting the diversity and benefits of wetland ecosystems throughout the state. The videos are being developed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Nutrient Research Center. A webinar on Tuesday, May 25, at 7-8 p.m., kicks off the series during American Wetlands Month. Read more about Webinar May 25 previews new video series showcasing Iowa wetlands

New ‘Marsh Madness’ trailer will deliver sights, sounds and science of wetlands to audiences across Iowa

June 7, 2021

A new trailer named “Marsh Madness” combines sight, sound and science to engage Iowa audiences about the values of the state’s wetland ecosystems. The artfully designed trailer features scenes of wetlands and their plant and animal communities and recorded sounds of wetland fauna. Adding to the immersive educational experience are three-dimensional interactive models demonstraing the unique landscape placement and hydrology of three wetland types typical in the state. The trailer was developed by Iowa Learning Farms team and the Iowa Nutrient Research Center.  Read more about New ‘Marsh Madness’ trailer will deliver sights, sounds and science of wetlands to audiences across Iowa

INRC Spring 2022 Water Quality Research Seminar series will ‘Focus on Phosphorus’

January 6, 2022


Algal blooms washing up on an Iowa beach. Photo by Tania Leung. 

AMES, Iowa – This spring, the Iowa Nutrient Research Center’s water quality research seminar series will “Focus on Phosphorus,” beginning Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. The presentations will take place the fourth Wednesday of each month, from 3:10-4:00 p.m., through April 27. Read more about INRC Spring 2022 Water Quality Research Seminar series will ‘Focus on Phosphorus’

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