Iowa Researchers Study Connection Between Beaver Dams and Water Quality


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Maxwell Bernstein | February 3, 2021

Researchers from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the department of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State, and the Iowa Nutrient Research Center will study the connection between beaver dams and water quality, according to Aberdeen News.

The research will examine the efficacy the dams have at reducing nitrogen and phosphorous concentrations in Midwest agricultural watersheds. 

Central Iowans who have a history with beaver dams or beaver activity on their property are encouraged to contact Billy Beck, an assistant professor and Extension forestry specialist at Iowa State University to discuss potential water quality monitoring related to the research. He can be reached by phone at 515-294-8837 or by email at wjbeck@iastate.edu.