Mission: Reduction of nutrients moving from farm fields into the raccoon and des moines rivers and their tributaries.
Programs: The primary goal of agriculture's clean water alliance (acwa) is the reduction of nutrients moving from farm fields into the raccoon & des moines river watersheds, which has been listed on the environmental protection agency's impaired waters list, and its tributaries. This is carried out in a number of ways, including a water sampling project performed every two weeks at 96 locations throughout both watersheds. The samples obtained are then chemically analyzed by the iowa soybean association (certified lab). The sampling started in april 2002, with samples being taken each year in the months of april, may, june, july and august. The first sampling was conducted by volunteers from the membership of the jefferson-scranton ffa club as well as other volunteers in the raccoon river watershed. A volunteer network of certified samplers continues today. The sampling is financed by the acwa. In addition, the acwa makes recommendations for the safe application of anhydrous ammonia so as to reduce the movement of nutrients from farm fields into the raccoon & des moines rivers.