The transport of nutrients, herbicides, and sediment from agricultural lands to downstream water bodies is a concern for health of both local and regional waters.  The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS) is a science and technology-based framework designed to assess and reduce nutrients gaining access to Iowa waters, and subsequently flowing to the Gulf of Mexico.  Barker Lemar has experience developing a suite of professional environmental training programs and workshops for a multitude of Iowa audiences. Our dedicated staff can offer agricultural retailers and private landowners guidance understanding the NRS and available funding assistance programs, and provide assistance with the design and implementation of nutrient reducing practices on specific farms. 

  • Denitrifying Bioreactors

  • Saturated Buffers

  • Wetland Creation

  • Filter Strips

  • Contour Buffer Strip

  • Conservation Cover​

water quality management 

Barker Lemar Engineering Consultants, along with partners RDG Planning & Design and Agri Drain, have developed 2-3 hour workshops where we discuss the factors affecting soil health and water quality in Iowa.

Attendees of these educational workshops will gain knowledge of: 

  • Elements of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy;

  • Role of urban and rural communities to collaborate on soil and water quality impacts/improvement practices;

  • The relevance of soil health for a  farming business; 

  • Available funding assistance for Iowa communities and farmers.

During the workshops you will also have an opportunity ​​to participate in a game, developed by the partnership where you will be implementing soil and water quality improvement practices on a fictional farm. The presentation and game are designed to educate and foster implementation of the practices discussed in the workshops. ​With a goal of increasing awareness of water quality and soil health through-out Iowa, our partnership is your team for guiding you through planning, strategy implementation, funding, and more! 

Check out our event calendar for upcoming workshops. Or, are you ready to take the next step?  Click contact us to schedule a consultation. 

​Carly RW Kalina| Ecological Services


Environmental training & workshops

​Nutrient management practices

  • Grassed Waterway

  • Riparian Forest Buffer

  • Stream Bank Protection

  • Upland and Wildlife Habitat Management

  • Water/Sediment Control Basin

  • Prairie Strip

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