The Iowa League of Cities began a project to create the Nutrient Reduction Exchange (NRE) to enable municipalities and other NPDES permit holders to meet their nutrient reduction obligations through work in watersheds and with other non-point source partners.
The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a science and technology-based framework to assess and reduce nutrients to Iowa waters and the Gulf of Mexico. It is designed to direct efforts to reduce nutrients in surface water from both point and nonpoint sources in a scientific, reasonable and cost effective manner.
Working together, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences developed this proposed strategy.
The Iowa strategy outlines a pragmatic approach for reducing nutrient loads discharged from the state’s largest wastewater treatment plants, in combination with targeted practices designed to reduce loads from nonpoint sources such as farm fields. This is the first time such an integrated approach involving both point sources and nonpoint sources has been attempted.
City of Dubuque
In April 2020 the City of Dubuque signed the first ever agreement with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to allow Dubuque to use Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Exchange towards permit compliance. For more, click here.
View the Memorandum of Understanding.
City of Cedar Rapids
In October 2020 the City of Cedar Rapids reached an innovative agreement with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. It allows an investment in conservation practices on farms to improve water quality and help the city’s water treatment plant meet state water quality goals. For more, click here.
Our work has led more Iowa communities to reach innovative agreements with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. It allows the municipalities to invest in conservation practices on farms to improve water quality and help the city’s water treatment plant meet state water quality goals.
City of Storm Lake - December 2020: click here.
City of Ames - April 2021: click here.
City of Muscatine - October 2021: click here.
Cities of Forest City and Mason City - February 2023: click here.
City of Burlington - April 2023: click here.