January 24, 2017

Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance’s Strategy: Effective Solutions

Construction of bioreactor, effective water quality solution

The coordinated, bi-partisan approach to reduce nutrient loads is the most significant catalyst for improving environmental performance in Iowa in a generation.

Effective solutions farmers are or can implement as part of the strategy are:

  • Planting cover crops (31 percent nitrate reduction using rye)
  • Installing bioreactors (43 percent nitrate reduction)
  • Using nitrogen inhibitors (9 percent nitrate reduction)
  • Using conservation tillage and no-till (33 percent and 90 percent phosphorus reduction, respectively)
  • Restoring wetlands (52 percent nitrate reduction)

IOWA NUTRIENT REDUCTION STRATEGY
A science and technology-based framework to assess and reduce nutrients to Iowa waters and the Gulf of Mexico.

REDUCING NUTRIENT LOSS:
Science Shows What Works