AMES, Iowa ― A new series of publications that highlights a variety of practices that can be implemented to reduce flooding and improve water quality are now available through the ISU Extension Store. This publication series, titled “The Iowa Watershed Approach,” walks readers through the impact these practices have on flood reduction, water quality, watershed management, wildlife benefits and more.
“Our purpose was to create a set of publications that can be used in the education and outreach efforts by the Iowa Watershed Approach,” said Jamie Benning, water quality program manager with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “All publications feature practices that have the ability to reduce runoff or to store water and improve water quality by reducing nitrogen or phosphorus loss.”
The 10 publications in the series are written by Benning and Kristina TeBockhorst, with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach:
- Wetlands (WQ 0022)
- Farm Ponds (WQ 0023)
- Water and Sediment Control Basins (WQ 0024)
- Grade Stabilization Structures (WQ 0025)
- Oxbow Restoration (WQ 0026)
- Channel Stabilization (WQ 0027)
- Terraces (WQ 0028)
- Buffers (WQ 0029)
- Floodplain Restoration (WQ 0030)
- Perennial Cover (WQ 0031)
Additional publications are available from ISU Extension and Outreach that provide more information on woodchip bioreactors (WQ 0004) and saturated buffers (WQ 0005). Both have been recently updated to reflect their impact in minimizing flooding.
The publications are designed to both raise public awareness and to provide information to landowners who might be interested in implementing one or more of the practices.
“We want the public to be aware of what they might see on the landscape and how a particular practice is positively impacting water quality and reducing downstream flooding,” Benning said. “We also want to be able to introduce these practices to landowners who might be considering implementing one or more of these practices. The publications gives them a quick overview of the practice, its effectiveness, how it functions and other benefits it can provide.”
Many of the practices have cost share or other financial incentives available to landowners who install them on their property. The publications provide basic information about those programs and who landowners can contact to learn more.
The Iowa Watershed Approach is a program through which Iowans are working together to address factors that contribute to floods. The IWA is working in nine distinct watersheds in Iowa to reduce flooding and improve water quality.
Photo: By Nicholas A. Tonelli, American Rivers