The Iowa Water Center Initiatives

The Iowa Water Center (IWC) serves in a leadership or capacity-building role for statewide and regional initiatives beyond our core research administration and coordination activities. These initiatives include signature IWC activities as well as adjacent or external projects and programs that directly impact water or water management in Iowa. Initiatives listed on this page support the Iowa Water Center’s mission to advance water science to meet Iowa’s water resource needs by building team capacity for science and technology transfer in targeted areas, providing accessible venues for water information dissemination, and training the next generation of water scientists.

Water Scholars

Water Scholars is IWC’s flagship interdisciplinary learning community for water faculty, staff, and professionals. Membership is free and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Daily Erosion Project

The Daily Erosion Project (DEP) is a multidisciplinary project that models sheet and rill soil erosion and publishes results in a map interface. IWC coordinates DEP funding and activities.

Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework

The Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) is a tool that visualizes built conservation practices on the landscape. IWC leads a multi-institutional regional ACPF expansion project.

The Watershed Project

The Watershed Project is a partnership with the Iowa Stormwater Education Partnership, Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, and Iowa high school teachers that teachers a project-based learning framework centered on watersheds.


Spirit of the Water Essay Contest

IWC’s Spirit of the Water Essay Contest is an annual competition for Iowa high school students, challenging them to write creative fiction or non-fiction narratives about Iowa’s water.

Soil and Water Conservation Club

IWC staff advise the Iowa State University Soil and Water Conservation Club for undergraduate and graduate students. SWCC produces an annual publication and sells groundwater flow models.

Want to know more?

If you’d like to know more about participating in any of these initiatives, or are interested in partnering with IWC on your water-related project, please contact us.