Boone River Watershed

North Central Iowa

The Boone River is a half a million acre HUC 8 watershed located in north-central Iowa. Of those acres, agriculture makes up nearly 90% of the landscape.

The Boone River Watershed Project was organized to promote and assist with implementing conservation practices to reduce nutrients (primarily nitrogen and phosphorus) in water runoff. Our goal is to improve the water quality, hydrology, biodiversity, and habitat of the Boone River while maintaining or increasing agricultural productivity.

Since 2003, farmers and many committed partners in the Boone River Watershed have been working together to implement agricultural conservation practices that improve water quality and reduce flood risk while preserving agricultural productivity.

Agricultural practices promoted and adopted include: cover crops, nutrient management, reduced tillage bioreactors, saturated buffers, nutrient treatment wetlands and oxbow restorations. All of these practices are part of a systems approach to achieve nutrient and soil retention throughout a watershed on farm fields, at the edge of fields and within the stream/river corridor itself.

Learn more about work in the Boone River Watershed at: or on the group’s Facebook page.

Project partners:

Local farmers and landowners, The Nature Conservancy, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Iowa Geological Survey, U.S. Geological Survey, Iowa State University, Fishers and Farmers Partnership, North Central Co-Op, Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance, Sand County Foundation, Hagie Manufacturing, John Deere, Pioneer, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, Monsanto.