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Map showing drought conditions in the western United States in 2020

Does Less Pollution Mean Less Precipitation?

IIHR researchers Wei Zhang and Gabriele Villarini (IIHR director) have published research linking urban sprawl to an increase in rainfall and flooding during Hurricane Harvey.
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Road Ditches Reduce Nutrients

Keith Schilling’s recent research suggests that water quality challenges in Iowa and nationally would be even greater if it weren’t for a little appreciated feature of the landscape — road ditches.
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Water for Today — and Tomorrow

The Iowa Geological Survey developed a 3-D local-scale groundwater flow model and used it to predict future water availability for industries and communities in Linn and Johnson counties.
State Geologist Keith Schilling

Schilling Named State Geologist of Iowa

Iowa has a new state geologist — Keith Schilling of the Iowa Geological Survey.
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IGS Maps Show Iowa Counties What Lies Beneath

William Smith, the “father of English geology,” wasn’t the only geologist to create a map to change the world. Read about how geologists at the Iowa Geological Survey are creating new, geologic maps for the state even today.
A view of the Ottumwa treatment basins.
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Safe Drinking Water for Iowans

Scientists at IIHR are working with municipal water supply operators in several Iowa cities to help bring safe and reliable supplies of drinking water to those communities.
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Researchers Find Giant Fossilized Sea Scorpion

IGS researchers have uncovered fossils of Pentecopterus, an ancient six-foot scorpion-like sea creature named after an ancient Greek warship. (Illustration by Patrick Lynch/Yale University)
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River Clean-ups: An IIHR Service Tradition

IIHR faculty, staff, and students continue to participate in river clean-ups like Project AWARE, which celebrated its 13th year this July on the Wapsipinicon River.