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Improving Iowa’s Winter Road Conditions

Posted on July 2nd, 2015

Wilf Nixon could see his breath as he climbed into the passenger seat of the orange snowplow truck on the ice-covered spillway of the Coralville Dam. Nixon, an IIHR research engineer, had arranged for the spillway to be flooded to measure the forces on an underbody plow blade as it cut ice. The driver started […]

Destined for the Water

Posted on April 9th, 2015

Danny Moustakidis plays a key role in nutrient research at the University of Iowa, studying soil phosphorus levels in the Turkey Watershed.

Sustainability at IIHR: Evolving with the Times

Posted on June 6th, 2014

by Cornelia F. Mutel Sustainability. The word, as commonly used, focuses on maintaining life and function today, without compromising the potential of future generations or ecosystems. But it’s a word with many meanings, a word that is typically defined by the focus of the speaker and his or her priorities. At IIHR, sustainability considers the […]

Winter Visitors to IIHR

Posted on January 3rd, 2013

In the coldest months of the year, many birds gather near the Burlington Street bridge, just north of the Stanley Hydraulic Lab, to take advantage of open water at the dam. Perhaps the most magnificent of these birds are the bald eagles, which are frequently sighted along the Iowa River. IIHR staff members Radek and […]

Fish Passage

Posted on January 18th, 2011

IIHR Engineers Make Dams More Fish-Friendly The tricky part of designing a safe passage for fish through a major dam is learning to think like a fish. Getting fish safely past major hydroelectric dams has been an issue since the early 20th century. Engineers and biologists were initially surprised when the dams had a big […]

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