Central Turkey River Nutrient Reduction Demonstration Project

2013-Present

About

Grant award
$498,000

Total project
$5,529,924

Description
The Winneshiek Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be leading a grassroots effort to market water quality improvement practices in the Burr Oak, Wonder, Rogers and Brockamp Creek Watersheds. The SWCD will work with partners from within the four watersheds and highlight collaborations such as with the Northeast Iowa Community College/Dairy Center’s demonstration site that will serve as a hub to bring together education and community-wide focus to improving water quality. Producers and community members will have the opportunity to invest in the lands and waters of the Turkey River basin ensuring its lasting economic, agricultural, environmental and recreational wealth.

Goals

  • Assist landowners in the targeted Central Turkey River Nutrient Reduction Demonstration Project area to implement effective Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce nutrient delivery to the river

  • Decrease Nitrogen and Phosphorous delivery to the Central Turkey River Nutrient Reduction Demonstration Project area by incorporating practices as specified in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy

  • Foster a culture of conservation among landowners in the Central Turkey River Nutrient Reduction Demonstration Project area

Plan
This project focuses on the nutrient enrichment of the four targeted watersheds. The project will address the downstream nutrient loading by identifying and reducing sources of nutrient delivery within the watersheds. Implementing BMPs will aid in reducing pollution yet maintaining farming productivity and environmental health. Water sampling has revealed diminished water quality due to agricultural run-off, animal waste and nutrient-leaching sources within these watersheds.

This project will build upon current stewardship practices utilized by producers and encourage use of innovative technologies and marketing management practices to apply nutrients to crops in a manner that promotes the adoption of the 4 R’s of nutrients: Right Time, Right Source, Right Place and Right Rate. We will also partner with local agronomists to educate and promote the benefits of nutrient management to producers. These stewardship land treatments along with our featured practices on the reverse portion of this sheet, highlight the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy’s goals of improved water quality for Iowans.

 

Conservation Practices

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Project coordinator

Michelle Elliott

michelle.elliott@ia.nacdnet.net

 

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