Wetlands, A Win-Win for Water Quality, Wildlife

January 15, 2016

Wetlands targeted to intercept water from heavily tiled cropland in Iowa have been called “heavy lifters” in the effort to carry Iowa’s nutrient reduction strategy. These wetlands can both improve water quality and provide habitat for wildlife.

The Iowa Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) provides incentives to landowners to voluntarily restore wetlands targeted for water quality improvement through a joint effort of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and the USDA Farm Service Agency cooperating with local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Bill Crumpton, a professor in Iowa State’s ecology, evolution and organismal biology department whose research provided the technical foundation for the program, has spent the last 10 years measuring the water quality benefits of these wetlands.

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