Project to Clean Up Central Iowa Watersheds Unveiled at Northern Polk County Farm

posted 6/25/2021

Friday, June 18, 2021 

While strides have been made in reducing soil erosion and the loss of phosphorus from the state’s farmland, more needs to be done to reduce the amount of nitrogen flowing from Iowa farm fields into the state’s waterways, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said Thursday during an event to kick off the Central Iowa Water Quality Infrastructure Project.

Naig was joined by various conservation, drainage and watershed management leaders for the event, held on the Kurt Lehman farm just north of Alleman in northern Polk County.

They touted the benefits of the project, which creates a framework to streamline and ramp up the use of saturated buffers and bioreactors on the edge of farm fields in Polk and Dallas counties by simplifying the financial and construction processes for property owners.

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