The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University is seeking new proposals for water-quality research that can help landowners reduce nitrate and phosphorus in the state’s waterways, one of Iowa’s most pressing concerns. The center will begin accepting proposals this week for its next round of projects.
New research supported by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center suggests that water quality challenges would be even greater if it weren’t for a little appreciated feature of the landscape: road ditches.
AMES, Iowa – Kay C. Stefanik, a water quality researcher at Ohio State University, has been hired as the new assistant director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University. She will begin work in Iowa on July 8.
“I am pleased to announce the latest round of projects represent more than $2.03 million in funding for water quality research,” said Matt Helmers, Iowa Nutrient Research Center director and professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State. “The new grants bring the total number of projects funded fully or partially by the center to 92, a total of more than $10.7 million invested in nutrient-related water quality research since 2013.”
A survey of Iowa landowners conducted by Iowa State University suggests that adoption of conservation practices has increased slightly since 2012, and that ongoing trends in land ownership and management are likely barriers to a number of conservation practices. However, some of these same barriers may contribute to increased use of no-till management on cropland, researchers found.
The Iowa Nutrient Research Center (INRC) at Iowa State University launches a set of seminars on “Water Research Past, Present and Future,” beginning Wednesday, Jan. 22. The sessions will take place from 3:10-4:00 the fourth Wednesday of each month, except for May, which will be the third Wednesday, and will be a field tour. Sessions will be held in Elings Hall, Room 1306, on the Iowa State campus.
A new, online Iowa water quality research map has been launched by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University. The “zoomable” map, at http://www.cals.iastate.edu/inrc/map/ shows locations of water quality research projects around the state, including projects funded by the INRC through Iowa State, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa.
The INRC Spring Seminar Series, "Water Research Past, Present and Future" will not take place as scheduled in March and April, due to campus efforts to reduce the potential for COVID-19 exposure. INRC plans to reschedule the presentations when conditions allow (details to be announced later).