New research studying economics of water quality on lake recreation focuses on rural, lower-income Iowans

October 1, 2021 8:30 AM

A new study underway by economists at Iowa State University aims to better understand nutrient impacts through the lens of local recreation and tourism, with a focus on assessing the economic impacts of water quality improvement on rural and lower-income communities. The project is jointly funded by the Iowa Water Center and the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University through a special grant program designed to encourage research on the social dimensions of Iowa water quality...

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Matt Helmers Professor and Extension Agricultural Engineer

Dr. Helmers’ research areas include studies on the impact of nutrient management, cropping practices, drainage design and management, and strategic placement of buffer systems on nutrient export from agricultural landscapes.  He has a regional Extension program working to increase adoption...