Resources for Leaders

Pathways for Getting to Better Water Quality: The Citizen Effect by Lois Wright-Morton and Susan Brown, editors, is about accomplishing change in how land is managed in agricultural watersheds. Wide-ranging case studies repeatedly document that plans, policies, and regulations are not adequate substitutes for the empowerment of people. Ultimately change on the land is managed and accomplished by the people that live on land within each watershed.

The Leadership and Performance-based Watershed Management project is designed to help improve watersheds in the state. The project, funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service (USDA-CSREES) Integrated Water Quality Program, focuses on establishing watershed groups in impaired sub-watersheds throughout Iowa.

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.

Iowa’s Nonpoint Source Management Plan  – developed over 18 months in a major collaborative effort between local, state and federal government organizations, universities and a diverse set of stakeholder groups – looks at the current state of water quality in Iowa and outlines ideas for improvement.

Social and Environmental Indicators of Success in Performance-based Agricultural Management is a paper presented at the 16th National Nonpoint Source Monitoring Workshop held September 14-18 in Columbus, Ohio.


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