• Iowa State University Research Farms Utilize Conservation Practices for Science, Stewardship
  • Mike Castellano professor of agronomy in corn field
  • Cathy Kling and Matt Helmers of Iowa State University appointed to EPA advisory committee.
  • Michelle Soupir with Gov. Branstad by bioreactor
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Welcome to Research Advances in Protecting Water Quality

Telling the stories of water quality progress and improvement in Iowa through scientific results and the efforts of the Iowa State University College of Agriculture, ISU Agriculture Experiment Station, and ISU Extension and Outreach. 

Recent Stories

Iowa State University Research Farms Utilize Conservation Practices for Science, Stewardship
January 25, 2017
Iowa State University’s 13 Research and Demonstration Farms around the state have served for decades as models of agricultural and scientific progress for Iowa’s farmers and landowners. The same holds true for the goals of Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy. For years the...

Report Highlights Progress and Long-Term Challenges of Iowa Stream Nutrient Monitoring
December 21, 2016
A 2016 report of Iowa’s water monitoring efforts for nutrients highlights both the complexity and long-term value of evaluating nutrient levels in Iowa’s lakes, streams and rivers. Developed jointly by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa Department of Natural Resources...

Iowa State University Researcher Seeks Greater Understanding of Nutrient Cycling to Increase Productivity in Agricultural Systems
November 3, 2016
AMES, Iowa — As an undergraduate, Michael Castellano spent one summer on a New Mexico ranch doing environmental science research. He was inspired by the landowner’s implementation of a grass banking system. “What I saw there as a student got me excited about the power of agriculture as a...

Iowa State University Professors Named to Environmental Protection Agency Scientific Advisory Committee
October 20, 2016
Two Iowa State University professors have been appointed to serve on the Agricultural Science Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. Catherine Kling, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of economics, and Matthew Helmers, professor of agricultural and...

Iowa State receives award from EPA to research water quality benefits
September 23, 2016
A better economical understanding of the value of water is in progress at Iowa State University after an $800,000 award was given to researchers at The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) “The reason that the EPA is interested in this...

Iowa State University scientists create educational computer simulation to explore watershed health
September 9, 2016
Iowa State University personnel have designed an online simulation that allows students and adults to experiment with how land-use practices can affect the health of a watershed. People in Ecosystems Water Integration, or PEWI (pronounced pee-wee), is a web-based educational game designed to...

Wanted: Farmers to test online Iowa State University conservation cost tool
August 24, 2016
Iowa State University researchers are seeking feedback from Iowa farmers willing to test an early online version of a tool to better understand the costs of implementing nutrient management and soil conservation practices. The researchers are near completion of a beta version of the online tool...

Iowa State research shows perennials would reduce nutrient runoff to the Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone
July 11, 2016
A new study from an Iowa State University agronomist shows that an increase in perennial bioenergy grasses throughout the Corn Belt would lead to a significant reduction in nitrogen moving down the Mississippi River and into the Gulf of Mexico. The study used computer models to simulate how...

Gov. Branstad tours INRC projects, emphasizes partnership for conservation success
May 6, 2016
AMES, Iowa — Last week, Gov. Terry Branstad visited Iowa Nutrient Research Center (INRC) field sites at the Iowa State University Ag Engineering/Agronomy Research and Demonstration Farm to sign a proclamation celebrating Soil and Water Conservation Week. The governor and attendees were...

Eleven land-grant institutions work across state lines to reduce water contaminants
April 26, 2016
Eleven land-grant institutions and partner organizations are working together to improve farm drainage in order to reduce the contamination of surrounding land and water. The underground drainage systems that channel water off of fields are also prone to diverting crop fertilizers and pesticides....