Water and Land Publications
Water and Land Publications
Source Water Protection in Iowa
In February 2020, the Iowa Environmental Council released a white paper on source water protection efforts in Iowa. The paper includes policy recommendations to strengthen source water protection.
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read the executive summary
Dry Run Creek Watershed Infographic
IEC partnered with Dry Run Creek Watershed staff in 2019 to share the results of their efforts to improve their waterway. IEC produced a handout on the Dry Run Creek project, outlining the watershed goals, the practices implemented, and the impressive outcomes of their work.
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The Slow Reality of the Nutrient Reduction Strategy
In July 2019, the Iowa Environmental Council released an analysis of the implementation rates of conservation practices included in the state's Nutrient Reduction Strategy. This analysis reveals slowing adoption rates and timelines to reach NRS goals measured in millenia.
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Restoring Iowa's Waters Discussion
In June 2019, IEC's Executive Director, Jennifer Terry and new Water Program Director, Ingrid Gronstal Anderson were featured on an episode of Iowa Learning Farm's podcast Conservation Chat. The podcast featured a discussion with Jacqueline Comito about restoring Iowa's waters.
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Iowa’s Private Wells Contaminated by Nitrate and Bacteria
On April 24, 2019, the Iowa Environmental Council and the Environmental Working Group published an investigation of the contamination of private wells across Iowa with unsafe levels of two agricultural contaminants; coliform bacteria and nitrate.
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Nitrate in Drinking Water: A Public Health Concern for All Iowans
On September 29, 2016, the Iowa Environmental Council released a new report, “Nitrate in Drinking Water: A Public Health Concern for All Iowans,” an overview of research conducted in Iowa, the U.S. and abroad that indicates the health risks associated with nitrate in drinking water may go beyond blue-baby syndrome.
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download the full report
download the executive summary & full report
Healthy Lands, Healthy Waters
In January 2016, the Council released Healthy Lands, Healthy Waters: A Watershed Framework for Iowa, a white paper that lays out the need for and benefits of adopting a watershed approach in Iowa.
HEALTHY LANDS, HEALTHY WATERS
In 2014, AGree, an initiative that seeks to drive positive change in the food and agriculture system by connecting and challenging leaders from diverse communities to catalyze action and elevate food and agriculture as a national priority, released Working Landscapes: Achieving Productivity, Profitability, and Environmental Outcomes. The Council is an AGree member and contributed to the report.
Cultivating Clean Water
In 2010, the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) and the Mississippi River Collaborative, which the Council is a member of, released Cultivating Clean Water. The report provides an overview of existing state programs that regulate runoff pollution from agriculture and gives a template for creating effective regulations that work well for farmers and the environment.
Cultivating clean water