(February, 2015) STRIPS team is now working with Eastern Iowa Airport and the University of Iowa to achieve both water quality and homegrown bioenergy production goals. Click here to the airport's press release on this exciting new development. Read more about Exciting New Partnership between Eastern Iowa Airport, Iowa State University & the University of Iowa
The STRIPS team designed an infographic (right) and one page description of the measured benefits of prairie strips benefits for soil, water quality, and wildlife, based on the team's experimental research at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Read more about Infographic on STRIPS Benefits
(March, 2014) An article in Wallaces Farmer highlights the soil and water quality benefits of STRIPS. Click here to learn how STRIPS retain soil and nutrients on the field.
How does the placement of prairie strips affect water quality gains?
While this is still an active area of research, there are a few guiding principles we can draw upon to try to maximize water quality gains.
(March, 2014) Scientist Lisa Schulte Moore published an article about the benefits of STRIPS in the spring edition of the Missouri Prairie Journal. Read more here!
Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy
“The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a science and technology-based framework to assess and reduce nutrients to Iowa waters and the Gulf of Mexico. It is designed to direct efforts to reduce nutrients in surface water from both point and nonpoint sources in a scientific, reasonable and cost effective manner” (ISU, 2017b). Read more about A Nutrient Reduction Strategy with Matt Helmers
Challenge #2: Reduced Water Quality
Nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus, and suspended soil sediments have greatly diminished water quality (USEPA, 2017a). Polluted water with unusually high concentrations of dissolved or suspended materials, or small amounts of highly toxic materials can be detrimental and sometimes even deadly to living things. Civilization has many uses for and is dependent on high-quality water (Troeh et al., 2004).
Major agricultural contributions to reduced water quality include: Read more about Challenge #2: Reduced Water Quality