On The Radio – New online tool provides users with data for Iowa’s streams and rivers


An icy section of the Raccoon River near Columbus Park in Des Moines. (Michael Leland/Flickr)
An icy section of the Raccoon River near Columbus Park in Des Moines. (Michael Leland/Flickr)
Nick Fetty | February 15, 2016

This week’s On The Radio segment looks at a new interactive tool created by researchers at the University of Iowa that allows users to access data about Iowa’s streams and rivers.

Transcript: New online tool provides users with data for Iowa’s streams and rivers

An innovative tool developed by scientists at the University of Iowa will give Iowans a wealth of easily accessible water quality information.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The Iowa Water Quality Information System, or IWQIS (“eye-kwis”), is a web-based tool that offers access to real time water quality information including nutrient data, flow rates, and water temperatures for Iowa’s streams and rivers. IWQIS uses data from sensors deployed by IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering at the University of Iowa and the United States Geological Survey along most streams and rivers in the state. This information is available in an interactive map that’s accessible on any web browser.

By helping Iowans understand the transport of nutrients in the state’s waterways, IWQIS is a valuable tool to help policy makers evaluate the success of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Users can easily see the total amount of nutrients being carried along a waterway at a certain time and compare those levels to previous years.

For more information about IWQIS and a tutorial on how to use the site, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.

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