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Cedar River Watershed Coalition

We’re All In This Together

The purpose of the Cedar River Watershed Coalition is to facilitate cooperation within the watershed and to organize and advocate for land practices and policies (federal, state, and local) that will reduce future flood damage and improve water quality. 

Cedar River Watershed map

This website provides information about the Cedar River Watershed. Visit the links above to learn more about the watershed, upcoming events, and what you can do to improve water quality and reduce runoff in the watershed.

The Cedar River Watershed Coalition is co-chaired by:

  • Rob Hogg, State Senator
  • Vern Fish, Black Hawk County

If you would like to receive our monthly e-newsletter, send an email to

Lower Cedar Watershed – Partnerships in Conservation

Join the Cedar River Watershed Coalition and co-sponsor The Nature Conservancy for a day of learning and exploration in the Lower Cedar Watershed. The 2017 Fall Cedar River Watershed Coalition is scheduled for Friday, October 20th from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm at Discovery Park in Muscatine, IA ( The theme is “Lower Cedar Watershed: Partnerships for Conservation,” and the agenda will highlight efforts to promote watershed health in one of the most biologically diverse regions of Iowa.

The meeting will open with a talk from Kamyar Enshayan, Director of the Center for Energy & Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, regarding the Good Neighbor Iowa initiative, which aims to reduce pesticide use on lawns. There will also be a panel presentation on Watershed Partnerships, featuring new and existing efforts in the Lower Cedar. The meeting will wrap up with a tour of The Nature Conservancy’s Swamp White Oak preserve near Muscatine, to showcase the unique ecosystem and landscape that our upstream conservation efforts help to protect.The full meeting agenda is available here: Fall 2017 Agenda

Lunch will be available for $8 per person. Please RSVP to the meeting so we can get an accurate count for the caterer. You can sign up on Facebook or with our on-line registration form.

Upcoming Events

Swamp Stomp!

Join The Nature Conservancy and local partners in celebrating the ecology of the Lower Cedar River Valley at Swamp Stomp! Swamp Stomp is a free, family friendly event at Ardon Creek Winery on Sunday, October 1st. There will be live music, educational displays, face painting, door prizes, games, amphibian and reptile programs by Muscatine County Conservation with live education animals, and guided hiking tours of the Swamp White Oak Preserve. Preserve tour participants will be shuttled via bus from the winery to the preserve, if attending please wear long pants and appropriate footwear for the hike.

Stop by any time from 1 to 6 pm, but the first 20 participants to arrive will receive a free Swamp Stomp t-shirt! Feel free to bring your own snacks, lawn chairs or blanket to enjoy the festivities. Wine and beer will be available for purchase from Ardon Creek Winery. Food will be available for purchase from Chicharo’s Mexican Grill. Event will take place rain or shine. Swamp Stomp is free but please RSVP for this event to help with planning purposes at

Sunday at the Quarry: Everyone Lives in a Watershed

  • Date & Time: Sunday, October 8, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Location: BMC Aggregates – Morgan Quarry (4618 E. Donald Street, Waterloo)
  • Flyer: Sunday at the Quarry 2017

Celebrate Earth Science Week at Sunday at the Quarry where you can learn about the geology of the area, make your own rock art, collect rocks and fossils that you can take home. There will also be presentations on watershed issues as well as other topics.



Header photo credit: Matt Fisher


Last modified on September 26th, 2017
Posted on April 29th, 2014