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Thanks for checking out my blog! Please check back often for new posts. My research interests include water quality and agriculture, water monitoring, and nutrient and sediment transport. I try to post twice a month or thereabouts.

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Some media links to the our work:

Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 15, 2021. Iowa’s culture of water quality denial runs strong.

Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 9, 2021. Lawmaker tangles with University of Iowa.

Des Moines Register, July 8, 2021. Central Iowa leaders are investing millions in water trails.

Little Village magazine, July 7, 2021. Iowa’s dirty water is getting worse.

Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 5, 2021. Des Moines taking extreme steps to find clean water.

Seattle Times, July 4, 2021. Des Moines faces extreme measures to find clean water.

Des Moines Register, July 4, 2021. With Iowa’s and the ag industry’s carbon efforts, plenty of reason to question motives.

Iowa Public Radio, July 1, 2021. The battle over Bloody Run Creek.

Iowa Capital Dispatch, June 29, 2021. Former head of DNR’s livestock program opposes cattle barns near trout stream.

Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 4, 2021. Water quality: When regulation works.

Storm Lake Times, May 14, 2021. The population problem Iowa should discuss.

Ottumwa Courier, May 12, 2021. The population problem Iowa should discuss: livestock.

Des Moines Register, April 22, 2021. Manure from ag operations ruins waterways.

Iowa Public Radio, April 14, 2021. Advocacy Group Labels Lower Missouri, Raccoon Rivers Among Most Endangered In The U.S.

Iowa City Press Citizen, April 21, 2021. Farm runoff plagues Iowa’s rivers.

Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 8, 2021. Iowa environmental protection is in a coma.

Storm Lake Times, March 25, 2021. Rising livestock numbers feed nitrate load.

Raccoon Valley Radio, March 19, 2021. Raccoon River Watershed Association announces virtual conference.

Perry News, March 15, 2021. Chris Jones to headline 2021 Raccoon Watershed conference.

Daily Yonder, February 25, 2021. Environmentalists make long-shot attempt to ban new factory farms.

Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 10, 2021: Pull the plug on ethanol. 

Cedar Rapids Gazette, October 26, 2020: Incentives alone won’t clean Iowa’s dirty water. 

Des Moines Register, February 20, 2020: Iowa’s water quality strategy is not working. here’s what should be done instead.

Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 11, 2020: Chronic high water makes this veteran fisherman adjust

Cedar Rapids Gazette, October 28, 2019: Iowa Ideas Conference.

Environmental Factor Newsletter, August 1, 2019: Iowa public meeting tackles water quality, farming, health

UI Daily Iowan, July 16, 2019: Troubled Waters, June 15, 2019: N’West Iowa leads

Little Village, July 19, 2019: For Iowa Brewers, Water Quality is a Really Big Deal

AP News, June 11, 2019:  Study: Iowa nation’s top human, livestock waste producer, June 11, 2019:

Iowa Public Radio, June 11, 2019: Scientists Forecast Near-Record “Dead Zone” in Gulf of Mexico this Summer.

Des Moines Register, June 10, 2019: 50 Shades of Brown

Little Village, June 7, 2019: Peak Pig in Iowa

Iowa Environmental Focus, March 7, 2019: Journalists and scientists talked environment at Summit Tuesday.

KCRG News, February 27, 2019: Experts expect negative impact from salt dumped on icy roads.

Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 21, 2019: Research: Large number of CAFOs in Western Iowa increases nitrate in streams

Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 11, 2019: An unwelcome sound of rushing water.

Radio Iowa, December 31, 2018: Des Moines Water Works hasn’t used nitrate removal facility in 2018.

Christian Science Monitor, Dec 28, 2018: Millet anyone? Facing soil crisis, US farmers look beyond corn and soybeans

Iowa Public Radio, River to River, Dec 13, 2018: Water Quality Remains a Major Issue in Iowa and Beyond

Science Trends Magazine, Dec 14,2018: Restored Oxbows As A Nutrient Reduction Practice In The Agricultural Midwest

Iowa Public Television: October 27, 2018: A Comparison of Two Watersheds (Iowa Land and Sky)

Heritage Radio Network: October 22, 2018: America’s water quality….

Civil Eats, October 18, 2018: A Change to Farm Bill Conservation Efforts 

Iowa Public Radio, July 18, 2018: Despite Conservation Changes, Iowa Sends More Nitrate Downriver

National Public Radio On Point, July 16, 2018: Iowa’s Poor Water Quality Goes South.

Water Online, July 13, 2018: Study: Trends in Nitrate Pollution in Gulf of Mexico.

Des Moines Register, June 22, 2018: Iowa Nitrogen Pollution…

Cedar Rapids Gazette, Junbe 16, 2018: More precipitation means less fishing

Iowa Public Radio River to River June 5, 2018: New Nitrate Study…

Cedar Rapids Gazette, May 30, 2018: Study: Iowa’s share of nitrate to Mississippi, Missouri rivers disproportionate to water flow

Environmental Monitor: May 3, 2018. Crowdsourcing Science and Curiosity Along the Middle Cedar River

Cedar Rapids Gazette, March 25, 2018: Citizen scientists helping test Iowa water quality

Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 21, 2018: Study: Road salt affecting Iowa’s water quality

Daily Iowan, December 8, 2017: UI water remains filtered, officials say  

Iowa Farmer Today, October 7, 2017: Wetland improves flood control, water quality 

Iowa Environmental Focus, September 28, 2017: Solutions presented for nitrate runoff at Iowa ideas conference

Cedar Rapids Gazette, September 25, 2017: Researcher: Tweaking farming practices could have big water quality impact

Iowa Soybean Association Newsroom, September 22, 2017: Inaugural ideas conference taps water quality

Des Moines Business Record, August 4, 2017: Cleaner water through oxbow restoration.

Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) podcast: Nitrate in Iowa Episode 1.

Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 18, 2017: Conservation group partners with others to restore 40 wetlands

Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 2, 2017: State’s sensor network one of largest in the nation

Little Village Magazine, March 16, 2017: Farm to Stream

Des Moines Register, November 27: Why we need to test water to improve quality

Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) podcast: soybean crops found to contribute to stream nitrate levels

Iowa Environmental Focus: Soybeans may play a bigger role in nitrate levels

Corn and Soybean Digest article: Cropping system changes may reduce nitrate

West Fork Crooked Creek sensor deployment: Newly installed Washington County sensor for nitrate

Guest Editorial in Cedar Rapids Gazette on Sunday, June 26, 2016: Scientific Insights into Cleaning Iowa’s Water

KCRG story about Water Quality Information Network: Iowa Water Quality Information System measures nitrate levels across the state

I hope you find these media links and blog posts informative. Feel free to comment on your impressions.

Chris Jones

IIHR Research Engineer

IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, The University of Iowa

Office: 332 TH

Phone: (319) 335-0589


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Posted on June 28th, 2016

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