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Iowa Water Center

Established in 1964, the Iowa Center (IWC) is a federally funded program. Its purposes are to identify research needs and fund selected projects about Iowa’s water quality, water quantity, and the human dimensions of water-resources management, provide outreach and education opportunities to familiarize water-resource professionals, teachers, and students with current research about Iowa’s water resources, disseminate information about Iowa’s water resources to water-resource specialists, teachers, students, policymakers, and the general public.

Questions and Answers Regarding Nitrogen and Water Quality

Due to increased awareness of nutrient management and water quality, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has received a number of questions about nitrogen movement from Iowa’s cropping systems into surface and subsurface water. The following frequently asked questions and answers have been prepared to clarify aspects of nitrogen management and nitrogen movement in the soil system.

Water Quality Talking Points

How's My Waterway?

Learn the condition of local streams, lakes and other waters anywhere in the US... quickly and in plain language. See if your local waterway was checked for pollution, what was found, and what is being done. The source of this information is a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) database of State water quality monitoring reports provided under the Clean Water Act.

USGS Iowa Continuous Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring

The "Real-time" map tracks short-term changes (over several hours) of water quality. Although the general appearance of the map changes very little from one hour to the next, individual sites may change rapidly in response to major rain events or to reservoir releases. The data used to produce this map are provisional.

Cleaning Iowa’s Waters with Saturated Buffers, New Publication

October 29, 2015

A new publication on saturated buffers is now available from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Extension Store. Cleaning Iowa’s Waters with Saturated Buffers in Iowa Watersheds (WQ 0005) is offered as a free download to highlight the recent work being done with saturated buffers in Iowa. Read more about Cleaning Iowa’s Waters with Saturated Buffers, New Publication

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