The North Raccoon Farm to River Partnership is an Iowa Water Quality initiative (WQI) to implement in-field and edge-of-field practices that keep nitrogen and phosphorus out of Iowa waters. This 3-year project started in 2018 and ran to 2020 from a previous grant. ACWA was awarded a new 3-year grant from Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) to continue the project from 2021 to 2024.

Goals include: installation of 15 bioreactors, 15 saturated buffers, 2 targeted wetlands and 11,500 new acres of cover crops. Other aspects of the project include tile and stream water monitoring and collection of in-field data on nitrogen behavior in manure systems.

ACWA leads the project located in five watersheds in the counties of Sac, Calhoun, Carroll and Greene. The Iowa WQI $2.6 million total project includes matching funds to support water quality improvement efforts.

The project goals support the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy recommendations.  The strategy calls for a 45 percent reduction in nitrogen and phosphorus in Iowa’s waters before they enter the Mississippi River.


Farm to River Partnership Winter 2024 Newsletter

Farm to River Partnership Spring 2023 Update

Farm to River Winter 2022 Newsletter

Farm to River Partnership Fact Sheet (8/2019 PDF file)

News story: Farm to River Partnership makes strides toward improved water quality (12/22/2020 PDF file)

News story: Attend an informative workshop in Lake City on cover crops, edge-of-field practices (1/2/2020 PDF file)

News story: Promoting Conservation - article by Iowa Farm Bureau, 10/7/19

News story: New conservation specialist to oversee watershed project (7/19/19 PDF file)

News story: New approach to watershed improvement (1/8/19 PDF file)

Winter 2020-2021 Newsletter

Spring 2020 Newsletter

Spring 2019 Newsletter

Summer 2018 Newsletter

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