Water Quality Is All About Life

Life cannot be sustained without access to safe water. There's ample evidence to support the notion that issues related to water quality are not going away any time soon. A major part of the efforts to maintain adequate water quality is measuring and monitoring. MB Water is dedicated to providing those services to any and all in the State of Iowa with an interest or the need.

See our Capability Statement to learn more about the services we offer.

Edge Of Field

Edge-of-field water qualty monitoring enables both farmers and scientists to track the impact of conservation work on water quality. Through edge-of-field monitoring, the amount of nutrients and sediment in runoff and/or tiles are measured and compared over time to help make it easier to find issues early.

Streams & Ponds

MB Water collaborates with NRCS and ISU Extension Services to monitor and report stream and pond ecology. As with all MB Water services, all sampling, analysis and reporting are done confidentially and with fully cooperation of both the landowner and tenant.

Making Compliance Painless

Our combined 45 years of experience, including Iowa DNR and IOWATER involvement, are your assurance that results will be efficient and professional. Our staff includes a licensed Iowa Environmental Engineer and Iowa-certified water/wastewater operators.

"Nitrogen loss is an economic loss to the farmer
and degrades the water quality of the receiving stream."

The Iowa Water Quality Initiative was established during the 2013 Iowa legislative session to help implement the Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS). The NRS provides a roadmap to achieve 45% reduction in nitrogen and phosphorous losses to our water using an integrated approach that includes point and non-point sources working together for improvement.

Most agriculture in Iowa releases non-point contributions to the receiving stream. Nitrogen promotes rapid growth as an essential part of protein and chlorophyll. Nitrate ions move freely in the soild and diffuse easily through the soil.

Phosphorus spurs plant growth to a lesser extent than nitrogen. Phosphorus tends to be tied up in the soild and acts to balance nitrogen.

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10 Ways to Reduce Nitrogen Loads from Drained Crop​​​land:

  • Improve nitrogen management
  • Plant winter cover crops
  • Increase perennials in the rotation
  • Control Drainage water
  • Reduce drainage intensity
  • Recycle drainage water
  • Incorporate a bioreactor
  • Treat water in wetlands
  • Use an open-ditch design
  • Plant saturated buffers
    Source: University of Illinois Extension Publication C1400

Water Quality Sampling
This article examines the uses and purpose of groundwater monitoring wells, with a cross-section illustration that shows basic components.
The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy has a goal of 45% reduction in the nutrient loading to the gulf. The strategy outlines several nutrient reduction scenarios that would include cover crops as a means to achieving nutrient reduction goals.
A field day to include cover crop benefits.

The MB Water staff has a combined 45 years of experience with water monitoring and sampling. Make us your one call for help with water conservation techniques that reduce nutrient runoff.

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