Iowa Learning Farms Webinar to Focus on Wetlands

Targeted wetland restorations to reduce agricultural nutrient loads will be discussed during June 24 webinar

June 19, 2020, 11:04 am | Hilary Pierce, Jacqueline Comito

Restored wetland.AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, June 24 at noon about the potential that targeted wetland restorations have to reduce agricultural nutrient loads.

Over the past 15 years, over 90 wetlands have been restored through the Iowa Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program with the explicit goal of intercepting and reducing nonpoint source nitrate loads. William Crumpton, university professor in ecology, evolution and organismal biology at Iowa State University, will summarize results from 15 years of work on Iowa CREP wetlands, including nutrient removal, GHG emissions, and hydrology. The research presented in this webinar is one of the largest and longest running projects of its kind and helps to clarify the potential benefits and limitations of targeted wetland restorations.

“The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy includes a wide range of in-field and off-field practices, but will likely require restoring thousands of wetlands targeted to intercept and reduce nitrate loads from cultivated cropland,” said Crumpton, who studies wetland processes and functions, including the dynamics of energy flow and nutrient transformation in wetlands, the fate and effects of agricultural contaminants in wetlands, and the role of restored and constructed wetlands in watershed hydrology and water quality.

“I hope participants will better understand the effects of targeted wetland restorations on water quality and hydrology and thus appreciate the potential benefits and limitations of this practice in Iowa’s agricultural landscapes,” Crumpton said.  

Shortly before 12 p.m. on June 24, click this URL to participate in the webinar: https://iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172. Or, go to https://iastate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 364 284 172 

Or, join from a dial-in phone line by dialing +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923. The meeting ID: 364 284 172

The webinar also will be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available at www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.

A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit has been applied for, for those who are able to participate in the live webinar. Information about how to apply to receive the credit (if approved) will be provided at the end of the live webinar.

Original Photo: Restored wetland

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