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Tracking Nutrient Reduction Efforts in Iowa

Graphic displaying the logos with text, "The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy was developed by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Iowa State University."

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a science- and technology-based approach to assess and reduce nutrients delivered to Iowa waterways and the Gulf of Mexico. The strategy outlines opportunities for reducing nutrients in surface water from both point sources, such as municipal wastewater treatment plants and industrial facilities, and nonpoint sources, including agricultural operations and urban areas, in a scientific, reasonable, and cost-effective manner.

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy measurement project was established in 2015 to track and report nutrient reduction efforts in Iowa.

This website presents data, findings, and reports on Strategy implementation.

Photo of prairie strips in a corn field. Photo credit: SWCS/NRCS Lynn Betts.

To learn more about the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and to access official policy documents, visit nutrientstrategy.iastate.edu.

For information about the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Water Quality Program, visit naturalresources.extension.iastate.edu/waterquality.

For information about public conservation programs and nonpoint source implementation, visit www.cleanwateriowa.org.

To learn more about point source permits and policy related to nutrient reduction, visit www.iowadnr.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water-Quality/Nutrient-Reduction-Strategy.


 

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a collaboration of the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

Additional partners contribute heavily to the the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and its associated efforts. These partners include the Iowa Water Resources Coordinating Council (WRCC), which includes Iowa public universities and state and federal agencies, and the Iowa Watershed Planning Advisory Council (WPAC), which includes private and non-governmental organizations. These partners, and others outside WRCC and WPAC, voluntarily contribute valuable data that provides the basis for tracking nutrient reduction funding, staff, outreach, and water monitoring.