From Learning About Soil, To Thinking About Water, To Empowering People

September 22, 2021 3:10 PM

It might be confusing to some how someone who studied soil science could end up being focused on water quality, but for Iowans it’s likely that the connection is more straightforward. Even though the majority of Iowans are classified as urban residents (64%), the vast majority of Iowa’s land use is agricultural (93%). This means that when a raindrop falls from the sky, it’s more likely to interact with agricultural land than any other land use. Further, in Iowa where the majority of agricultural land only has crops actively growing on the landscape for four to five months, it’s very likely that the raindrop’s first interaction with Iowa will be with the soil. So in Iowa, the quality of our water is linked to the health of our soil...

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Catherine DeLong Water Quality Program Manager

Catherine DeLong is the Water Quality Program Manager for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She works statewide to bring people together to share resources, ideas and perspectives about water quality, and to help Iowans understand the role they can play in the future of Iowa’s water...