Google, INREC to support ‘batch and build’ water quality projects in Iowa
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced that Google, through a grant to the Iowa Nutrient Research and Education Council (INREC), will provide $150,000 in funding to support ongoing Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship-led “batch and build” water quality projects that are in progress across Iowa. Iowa’s “batch and build” model modernizes the project management process by installing batches of conservation practices on multiple farms at once, therefore allowing a faster acceleration of water quality progress, according to a news release. The model is used to install edge-of-field practices such as bioreactors and saturated buffers that filter and denitrify water before it enters the waterways. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship currently has eight “batch and build” projects in motion, with more in planning phases. The funding will provide financial support to alleviate bottlenecks, encourage practice adoption and fill in gaps not covered by state or federal funding.