North Raccoon Farm to River Partnership
The North Raccoon Farm to River Partnership is an Iowa Water Quality initiative (WQI) to implement in-field and edge-of-field practices that keep nitrogen and phosphorus out of Iowa waters. The 3-year project (2018-2020) goals include: installation of 15 bioreactors, 15 saturated buffers, 1 targeted wetland and 11,500 new acres of cover crops. Other aspects of the project include tile and stream water monitoring and collection of in-field data on nitrogen behavior in manure systems.
Agriculture's Clean Water Alliance (ACWA) leads the project located in five watersheds in the counties of Sac, Calhoun, Carroll and Greene. The Iowa WQI $2.6 million total project includes matching funds to support water quality improvement efforts.
The project goals support the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy recommendations. The strategy calls for a 45 percent reduction in nitrogen and phosphorus in Iowa’s waters before they enter the Mississippi River.
News story: New approach to watershed improvement (1/8/19 PDF file)
Farm to River Partnership Fact Sheet
(2-page PDF file)
Summer 2018 Farm to River Partnership Newsletter
(4-page PDF file)
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