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UNI professor looks to find a solution for degraded water

February 11, 2014

Mohammad Iqbal, professor, geology and environmental science, 319-273-2998,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Mohammad Iqbal, professor of geology and environmental science at the University of Northern Iowa, recently began a project to examine the Cedar River watershed.

As a result of agricultural practices, the state of Iowa is contributing a significant portion of the nutrients in the Gulf of Mexico that are responsible for making a large area of its water low in oxygen. His research strives to figure out where those agriculturally derived nutrients are getting into the Cedar River. After finding those problem areas, Iqbal hopes to make presentations and educate about ways to fix the problem.

Iqbal and his students have conducted initial visits to the sampling sites to analyze the stream water and sediments for nutrients. As soon as the snow melts, the team will start the full-scale project.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

"Clean water makes Iowa smile," said Iqbal. "Making a positive impact on people's health and well-being is professionally quite rewarding. This project is an opportunity for us to show care for the natural environment in which we live."    

For additional information, contact Iqbal at 319-273-2998 or