This week’s On the Radio segment covers research happening at the University of Iowa that looks into contaminant behaviors throughout watersheds. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.
A University of Iowa faculty member is conducting research on how nutrients and pollutants move through watersheds.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
Assistant Professor Adam Ward, from the UI Department of Geoscience, studies how compounds move through streams and the aquifers beneath them, and how water flows through the watersheds.
His team studies the movement and environmental impact of nutrients like carbon and nitrogen, as well as man-made materials found in pharmaceuticals and personal care products. They focus on how long chemicals remain in the environment, as well as how widespread their impacts are across Iowa watersheds.
By understanding how nutrients and pollutants move through water, Ward hopes to provide better guidance for managing contaminants in the future.
To learn more about nutrient management research, visit iowaenvironmentalfocus.org.
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.