Unlike public drinking water systems, private wells do not have trained water operators regularly checking their water quality. Private well owners, therefore, are solely responsible for the testing and safety of their drinking water. They can protect their water supply by performing routine maintenance checks on their system, including a yearly water test for total coliform bacteria (including E. coli) and nitrate. The State Hygienic Laboratory provides water sampling kits for total coliform bacteria (including E. coli) and nitrate testing.
The State Hygienic Laboratory Limnology sections are based in Ankeny and Coralville. The limnologists frequently work in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, several universities, numerous public and private conservation groups, private consulting firms, and individuals to collect and analyze samples of surface water, wastewater and groundwater.
The Ambient Air Quality division of the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa works in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency to preserve the air quality of the state. The State Hygienic Laboratory maintains a network of instruments and devices located throughout the state to monitor ambient air with the exception of Linn and Polk Counties, whose air monitoring networks are maintained by their respective health departments.
Lakeside Lab is owned by the state of Iowa and operated through the Board of Regents. Its mission is twofold: 1) to provide science classes and research opportunities for university students, and 2) to offer Outreach Programs and provide services through the state universities. Several different courses are offered for different ages groups. These can be viewed by going to the program website.
The University of Iowa Department of Chemistry coordinates annual outreach events such as a STEM night at the Iowa Children's Museum, and public chemistry demonstrations to celebrate National Chemistry Week.
ICIGO is a student organization within the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences that utilizes experiences and skills gained in the classroom to support projects focused on sustainability in the community and state.
Hawk‐Eyes on Science, is the primary Physics and Astronomy outreach program. Faculty coordinators work closely with the department's instructional resource specialist. Outreach activities occur off-campus, at for example, regional schools, on-campus visits by schools, on-campus events and an annual demonstration show. Hawk-Eyes on Space, an expansion of the Hawk-Eyes on Science, is designed to develop new and expanded hands-on outreach activities related to space physics.
The interdisciplinary GEEMaP program equips PhD students with technological know-how, scientific understanding, hands-on experience, and communication skills that will enable them to become leaders in the fields of environmental science and renewable energy in academia, government, and industry. GEEMaP unites faculty from seven departments in three colleges with expertise in wind energy, water resources, flood control, geographic information science, spatial statistics, computer science, and more.