AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, an education and outreach program from Iowa State University, will present a webinar at noon Wednesday, November 4, which will assess the progress made by Iowa’s municipalities and industries toward reducing point source pollution reaching Iowa’s waterways.
Iowa’s largest communities and industries have a significant role to play to help meet the state’s nutrient reduction goals. Understanding that role and the progress to date paints a clearer picture of how the many facets of Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy fit together and work today.
In 2013, the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy called for significant nitrogen and phosphorus reductions from Iowa’s largest municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants. The strategy laid out unique policy approaches to achieve these ambitious reductions. During the webinar, Adam Schnieders, water quality resource coordinator with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), will discuss the progress to date, after eight years of implementation.
“I hope participants take away an appreciation of the magnitude of the lift Iowa’s communities and industries are undertaking to meet the point source goals of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy,” said Schnieders, who is responsible for management and coordination of clean water programs and policies for the DNR. “These efforts are resulting in significant progress not only toward nutrient reduction at Iowa’s wastewater treatment facilities, but also in partnerships and collaborations with farmers to help each other improve Iowa’s water quality for a variety of mutual benefits.”
Webinar Access Instructions
To participate in the live webinar, shortly before 12 pm CDT on November 4:
Click this URL, or type this web address into your internet browser: https://iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172
Or, go to https://iastate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 364 284 172
Or, join from a dial-in phone line:
Dial: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 364 284 172
The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.
About Iowa Learning Farms
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319) and GROWMARK, Inc.
Hilary Pierce Jacqueline Comito
Extension Outreach Specialist ILF Program Director