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Progress with Improving Iowa Water Quality

by Whitney Flach

Data has been released that shows positive trends towards conservation farming practices that are safe for Iowa’s waterways.

Iowa State University researcher Laurie Nowatzke says, “While there’s progress, there is in the wider perspective, a long ways to go.” However, she was very encouraged by the increased interest of farmers adopting cover crops and in-field nutrient management practices.

Estimates indicate Iowa will need to invest billions of dollars over a long period of time for conservation measures to improve the quality of Iowa’s rivers and lakes. “It’s promising. It just needs to be much greater,” Nowatzke added. “It will need accelerated implementation, accelerated funding, and action. ”

It still is going to take time and effort by a whole lot of people, to accomplish the goal ahead.