Heartland Water Quality Coordination Initiative
EPA Region 7 has recognized the Heartland Water Quality Coordination Initiative with its Regional Leadership Award. The Regional Leadership Award went to Iowa State University, Kansas State University, the University of Missouri, the University of Nebraska, and Haskell Indian Nations University.
In making the award, EPA Region 7 Administrator John B. Askew said, "The Heartland Initiative has increased the availability of research-based technical and educational resources for educators, service providers, and regulatory agency staff. This award recognizes productive efforts to address regional-priority water quality issues and increases support from partners."
Heartland program priorities are water quality issues related to animal manure management, nutrient and pesticide management, citizen involvement in watershed management, and storm-water management. Since 2003, the program has engaged more than 125 scientists, extension educators, land-grant university officials, 1994 Land-Grant institutions, and agency specialists in program planning and implementation.
The Heartland Regional Water Coordination Initiative is funded through a competitive grant from the NIFA National Integrated Water Program. It is a partnership of Iowa State University, Kansas State University, the University of Missouri, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NIFA, and EPA Region 7.
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