Iowa Delegation Aims for Waves of Change for Water Quality

By: Sarah Feehan The Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA) and the Iowa Soybean Association will soon lead their third Iowa delegation to the upcoming One Water Summit, convened by the U.S. Water Alliance. Last year, the diverse Iowa delegation included Lee Gravel, watershed coordinator for the Headwaters of the North Raccoon Water Quality Improvement Project[…]

Best is Yet to Come in Improving Iowa’s Water Quality

Recently, the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS) turned five years old. Sean McMahon, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance Executive Director, reflects on the progress made to date and the work still required to improve water quality. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Iowa’s farmers have made tremendous progress reducing soil erosion by adopting practices such as no-till or strip-till, grass waterways,[…]

Second Wave of Conservation Farmers Boosts Rock Creek Progress

Kevin Sprung had mixed feelings about the two saturated buffers installed last summer on his farm near Osage, Iowa. “At first, I resisted the idea. I spent a lot of time and money on tile and on improving the tile,” he says.  His initial reaction was, “I don’t want to put a shutoff at the[…]

Collaboration through Fourmile Creek Watershed for Water Quality

John Swanson has a lifelong fondness for Fourmile Creek. “I grew up playing in Fourmile Creek as a kid,” he says. Swanson is the watershed management authority coordinator for Fourmile Creek, along with two other watersheds in the Des Moines area. Following is an overview of improvements planned and underway in each of Fourmile Creek’s[…]

Central Iowa Watershed Plan Engages Urban Rural Collaboration

Urban and rural stakeholders continue to work together to determine the right combination of practices needed to form an integrated system that best meets local watershed and priority resource needs. A rusty mailbox is all that remains on a house lot on a nearly abandoned street in Des Moines. It marks one way the city[…]

Iowa Delegates Taking Steps to Secure a Positive Water Future

By: Sarah Feehan The Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA), in collaboration with the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA), led a diverse, 30-member delegation to the One Water Summit 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana, last month. The delegation included both expert and young farmers, city administrators, private companies, and other[…]

Diverse Delegation to Make a Splash at One Water Summit 2017

Partnerships Are Key to Addressing Water Quality Challenges and Implementing Lasting Solutions By Sarah Feehan “Public-private and urban-rural partnerships are vital to implementing the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy,” says Sean McMahon, executive director of the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA). “We are all in this together.” Iowa continues to lead the way in building partnerships[…]

Creating Rural Economic Opportunities and Improving Water Quality

 Across Iowa, it’s people who are building a new green infrastructure to improve water quality. (2nd in a 2-part series) Across Iowa, it’s people who are building a new green infrastructure to improve water quality. People like landscaper Lucy Hershberger, who took a Master Conservation class and told North Liberty city leader Tracey Mulcahey about[…]

Creating Economic Opportunity While Improving Water Quality

Across Iowa, it’s people who are building a new green infrastructure to improve water quality. 1st in a 2-part series Across Iowa, it’s people who are building a new green infrastructure to improve water quality. People like landscaper Lucy Hershberger. Hershberger took a Master Conservation class and collaborated with North Liberty city leader Tracey Mulcahey[…]

Iowa Landowners Get Moving with Conservation Collaboration

Nearly 60 percent of Iowa farmland is owned by someone other than the family farmers who operate it. This means that a majority of Iowa farm land-use decisions are made by the owners, while daily conservation management decisions are made by the operators. The way this happens is as unique as farmland in Iowa. It[…]