Our relationship with water is intimate and essential. Many people appreciate lakes and streams for what they are and what they are capable of doing; others take water for granted.
"Sources of abundance and destruction, life and death, creativity and imagination, rivers, and the fresh flowing waters, are at the heart of human existence. ...Although rivers are only 0.2 percent of all the fresh water on Earth, they are vital carriers of water and nutrients to where they are needed. Rivers drain nearly 75% of the earth’s land surface. They provide habitat, nourishment and means of transport to countless organisms, not just humans."
--From the film "Troubled Waters"
Water Quality Matters To Us All
Water Quality Matters To Us All provides insite into the attitudes and practices of agencies and stakeholders involved in protecting Iowa's water quality. Based on listening sessions between 2008-2011 with farmers, urban residents, Soil and WAter Conservartion District commissioners, and field staff from Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Iowa Department of Natural Resoures, the book details the institutional, community, and individual impediments towards water conservation and curtailing nonpoint source pollution.
ILF Water-related Videos
"Incredible Wetlands" (23:18) explores the biologically productive, and diverse, nature of wetlands and the vital role they play to life on Earth. The film highlights several Iowans who are involved in wetland restoration or construction in Iowa. It explores the wealth of biodiversity in wetlands, their importance for migratory birds and others who call wetlands their home.
-- 2014 Iowa Motion Picture Association Award Winner:
Award of Acheivement for Documentary
"Out to the Lakes" (43:22) encourages viewers to think about water quality and their personal relationship with their local lake or water body. It addresses water quality through the perspective of lakes and the water bodies that feed them and offers insight into what Iowans know, or don't know, about water and water quality.
--2012 Iowa Motion Picture Association award winner:
Award of Achievement in Documentary
Award of Achievement in Educational Production
Award of Excellence in Music
The Iowa Learning Farms film "Troubled Waters" (26:21) explores rivers and the human relationship with them. The film calls attention to human attitudes and treatment of rivers, both good and bad.
The film can be viewed in segments on YouTube.
--2011 Motion Picture Association award winner:
Award of Excellence in Educational Production
Award of Achievement for Script
Award of Acheivement for Original Music Score
View other ILF water-related videos:
The Water is Life (8:05) video reminds the audience how important clean water is to the body, the community and the Earth.
We All Have a Place in the Watershed (9:05) defines watersheds and how humans interact within them.
Iowa Learning Farms' publication series "It Begins With You."
Northwest Loess Hills
Deep Loess Hills
Des Moines Lobe Till Plain
Western Deep Loess and Drift
Eastern Deep Loess and Drift
Eastern Till Prairies
Northern Mississippi Valley Loess Hills
Southern Thin Loess and Till Plain
Other publications in this series include:
Economics of Residue
The Cost of Soil Erosion
Transition to No-till
Cellulosic Biofuels and Your Farm
Language of Conservation
Strip-tillage Crop Management
A Whole Farm Approach
Urban Conservation Practices
To receive printed copies of these handouts, email Iowa Learning Farms: email@example.com
Iowa Learning Farms Menu
- Cover Crops
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Restoring Iowa's Wetlands
Wetlands and Conservation Compliance
What Every Iowa Farmer Needs to Know
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)
Iowa Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
From Iowa State University Ag and Biosystems water quality research:
CleanWaterIowa.org - A resource to help Iowans protect and improve water quality
Iowa Water Center
Heartland Regional Water Coordination Initiative
Department of Agronomy
Iowa State University
Iowa State University Extension
Water Quality and Watershed links
Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Iowa State University
Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring
Air & Water, Inc.
Water cycle information and links to other sites
The Water Page
lots of links and resources about water, conservation and the water cycle
The Berkley Water Filter website
Lots of links of water-related articles including "How recycling can keep our waters clean" and "All about the water cycle"
This site was recommended by several different schools who were doing water quality research!