Water quality in the eastern Iowa basins
This article summarizes major findings about nutrients in surface and groundwater in the eastern Iowa basins (see map) between 1996 and 1998. The data were collected as part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA). Water quality is discussed in terms of local and regional issues and compared with conditions found in all 36 National NAWQA study areas assessed to date. Findings are explained in the context of selected national U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) benchmarks, such as those for drinking water quality and the protection of aquatic organisms.
The Eastern Iowa Basins Study Unit includes the Wapsipinicon, Cedar, Iowa, and Skunk River basins and covers approximately 19,500 square miles in eastern Iowa and southern Minnesota. More than 90 percent of the land in the study unit is used for agricultural purposes. Forested areas account for only 4 percent of the land area.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Water quality in the eastern Iowa basins|
|Series title||Integrated Crop Management|
|Publisher||Iowa State University Extension|
|Publisher location||Ames, IA|
|Contributing office(s)||Iowa Water Science Center|
|Online Only (Y/N)||N|
|Additional Online Files (Y/N)||N|