Farmers at Hewitt Creek Field Day

Nearly 40,000 streams, lakes, rivers and wetlands in the United States are classified as impaired. Non-point source (NPS) pollution from urban and agricultural lands is the leading source of impairment with major causes attributed to siltation, nutrients, bacteria, metals and oxygen-depleting substances.

The Heartland Human Dimensions issues team examines public involvement and the role of citizens in solving water quality problems. This team

  • integrates human dimensions programming into Heartland's three priority issue teams, 
  • develops and executes new research projects that integrate water resource issues and human/social dimensions, and 
  • disseminates research findings on the citizen effect in water resource management. 

The results are used by Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska Extension specialists, public agencies, formal and informal community groups and their leaders, farmers and landowners who want to develop watershed groups and engage each other in watershed problem solving.

Leadership for the Human Dimensions program is provided by

Dr. Lois Wright Morton, Iowa State University Sociology

Extension.