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Iowa Water Quality Initiative, Moving From Strategy to Implementation - Matt Lechtenberg, from the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress, January 22-23, Des Moines, IA, USA. ...

Iowa Water Quality Initiative, Moving From Strategy to Implementation - Matt Lechtenberg, from the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress, January 22-23, Des Moines, IA, USA.

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  • Combined reduction between PS and NPS. 41% N and 29% P (NPS) 4% N and 16% P (PS)Important to recognize the difference between the annual and seasonal implications of both sources.
  • Most losses in Spring (April, May, June) = most rainfall, not actively or little growth of crops. Importance of edge of field practices.

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  • IOWA WATER QUALITY INITIATIVE Moving From Strategy to Implementation Iowa Pork Congress January 23, 2014 1
  • Nutrient Reduction Strategy Overview • Strategy Development: – Lead by IDALS, IDNR, and ISU – Integration of Non-point and Point sources. – Improve & protect Iowa’s waters with respect to nutrient impacts – Reduce Iowa’s nitrogen & phosphorus loads to Iowa waters and the Gulf of Mexico by at least 45% (Gulf Hypoxia Task Force) – Based on evidence of practice performance to prevent and/or remove significant levels of nutrients from Iowa waters. • The strategy is a dynamic document that will change over time as new information, data and science is discovered and adopted 2
  • Non-Point Source Overview • Nutrient impairment is not mainly due to mismanagement of fertilizers and manures, but more to historic changes in land use and hydrology • Pair the best “in-field” and “off-field” practices together for cumulative effect • Advance environmental stewardship while maintaining agricultural productivity • Seek acceleration of existing conservation programs & development of new technology and market driven approaches 3
  • Nitrogen Practices Nitrogen moves primarily as nitrate-N with water Phosphorus Practices Phosphorus moves primarily with eroded soil 4
  • Strategy Implementation • FY14 IDALS Budget Request to: – – – – Begin implementation efforts to support Strategy Outreach Activities Practice Adoption/Watershed Projects Tracking/Accountability 5
  • Statewide Outreach/Education Campaign • Outreach – Iowa Power Farming Show • Cover Crop Symposium-January 28th-30th – Agribusiness Showcase Feb. 11th-12th – Multiple SWCD and other organizations providing localized field days to increase awareness and spread adoption. 7
  • Statewide Outreach/Education Campaign – http://www.CleanWaterIowa.org 8
  • Water Quality Initiative • SF435 Appropriations – $2.4M for Water Quality Initiative in FY14, $4.4M FY15 – $1.5M to Establish Nutrient Research Center at ISU • HF648 Appropriations – $10.0M for Water Quality Initiative – $7.0M additional C/S – $3.0M for WIRB, 50% designated to special projects supporting Water Quality Initiative 9
  • Water Quality Initiative • Begin implementation efforts to support Strategy • Statewide Practice Adoption – 50% Cost-Share basis on subset of practices – Targeted to farmers that had not implemented these practices before – All 100 SWCDs participated across Iowa – Over 1,200 applications for nearly 120,000 acres of cropland • Provide necessary tools for applicants to be successful – Provide contact with experienced cover crop users – Encourage local SWCDs and other groups to take leadership role in NRS & WQI and associated practices 10
  • Statewide Funding for Water Quality Initiative Practices No-Till Strip-Till 11 Cover Crops Nitrification Inhibitor
  • Watershed Demonstration Project • Targeted to Priority Watersheds to Provide: • Demonstration of practices and technologies outlined in science assessment • Strong outreach/education components to disseminate information on these practices to promote increased awareness and adoption of available practices and technologies for achieving reductions in nutrient loads to surface waters • Local/regional hubs for demonstrating practices and providing practice information to farmers, landowners, farm managers, peer networks, etc… 12
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  • Water Quality Initiative • Watershed Demonstration Projects – 17 project applications received – 8 projects selected • $4.16M total award with additional $8M+ in partner and landowner match. • Strong commitment among a number of partners and stakeholders coordinating a common goal to increase adoption of practices highlighted in the Strategy • Integrated the uniqueness of the project watershed and focused on the practices necessary to address nutrient loss in the project area. – Anticipate second RFA early in 2014 14
  • West Branch of the Floyd River Water Quality Initiative • Identified importance and significance of livestock industry in the watershed • Organized a comprehensive group of stakeholders that represent crop and livestock interests to help direct project activities. • Focused on demonstration of practices that fit could fit these operations – Example Demonstrations: • Application of liquid manure with low disturbance knives • Incorporating cover crops with manure application • Use of N inhibitors and nutrient managers • Edge of field practices-bioreactors & buffers 15
  • Strategy Implementation • Tracking/Accountability – Develop new and expanded frameworks to track progress, beyond ambient water quality monitoring – Public/private template for gathering better baseline data and tracking load reductions resulting from conservation practice adoption – Track aggregate practice adoption levels – Report calculated/modeled load reductions from practice adoption 17
  • Goal – Iowa Leader “As Iowa is a national and global leader in the production of food and renewable fuels, a goal of this strategy is to make Iowa an equal national and global leader in addressing the environmental and conservation needs associated with food and renewable fuels production.” 18
  • Additional Information Iowa Nutrient Strategy www.nutrientstrategy.iastate.edu Clean Water Iowa www.cleanwateriowa.org Contact: Matt Lechtenberg Water Quality Initiative Coordinator (515) 281-3857 Matthew.lechtenberg@iowaagriculture.gov 19