Stream water‐quality monitoring conducted in support of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (2016)

(2016) Stream water‐quality monitoring conducted in support of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (2016). Natural Resources, Department of

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Abstract

Monitoring of nitrogen and phosphorus in streams and rivers throughout Iowa is an essential element of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (INRS). Sampling and analysis of surface water is necessary to develop periodic estimates of the amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus transported from Iowa. Surface and groundwater monitoring provides the scientific evidence needed to document the effectiveness of nutrient reduction practices and the impact they have on water quality. Lastly, monitoring data informs decisions about where and how best to implement nutrient reduction practices, by both point sources and nonpoint sources, to provide the greatest benefit at the least cost. The impetus for this report comes from the Water Resources Coordination Council (WRCC) which states in its 2014‐15 Annual Report “Efforts are underway to improve understanding of the multiple nutrient monitoring efforts that may be available and can be compared to the nutrient WQ monitoring framework to identify opportunities and potential data gaps to better coordinate and prioritize future nutrient monitoring efforts.” This report is the culmination of those efforts.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: nitrogen, phosphorus, streams, rivers, surface water, nutrient reduction
Subjects: Natural resources and environment > Water resources > Drinking water
Natural resources and environment > Water resources > Rivers and streams
Natural resources and environment > Water resources > Water quality
ID Code: 23171
Deposited By: Timothy Skeers
Deposited On: 27 Dec 2016 20:04
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2016 20:04
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/23171