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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 marybeth.stevenson@dnr.iowa.gov.

Save the Date – Fall 2017 Cedar River Watershed Coalition Meeting

The 2017 Fall Cedar River Watershed Coalition is scheduled for Friday, October 20th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Discovery Park in Muscatine, IA (http://www.muscatinecountyconservation.com/elc_about.php). The agenda will include a talk from former Coalition co-chair Kamyar Enshayan regarding the Good Neighbor Iowa initiative, as well as a panel presentation on Watershed Partnerships and an introduction to The Nature Conservancy’s Swamp White Oak preserve. The meeting will wrap up with a tour of the beautiful Swamp White Oak preserve near Muscatine.

The final agenda and details will be available soon – in the meantime, mark your calendar and be sure to check back soon for more information.

 

Upcoming Events

McIntosh Woods – Habitat Restoration Field Day

  • Date & Time: August 17, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Location: McIntosh Woods State Park, Clear Lake

The CLEAR project in conjunction with the Iowa DNR and ISU Extension, will be hosting a field day for anyone interested in the ongoing habitat restoration project at McIntosh Woods State Park. Dr. Adam Janke will share his knowledge of habitat restoration and the role that prescribed grazing of goats plays in sustainable park management. Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Clear Lake Earth Day Committee.

Please meet us at the shelter house near the boat ramp. To RSVP to this event please email, RSVP@ClearProject.net.

 Conservation in Your Land Lease

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, August 22 6:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Traer Public Library (531 2nd St, Traer, IA 50675)

Join the Benton-Tama Nutrient Reduction Project to learn about how to incorporate conservation into your land lease. Allamakee SWCD’s Conservation Lease Specialist, Sara Berges, will discuss how landowners and operators can create lease addendums which specify conservation practices to be implemented– crop rotations, residue management, nutrient management and more– to address their priorities for a farm. Registration and dessert begin at 6:30 p.m. with the event following at 7:00. Please RSVP by August 21 by phoning Mel at 641-484-2702, ext. 305 or by emailing her at melody.bro@ia.nacdnet.net . This event is free and open to the general public, both women and men.

Visit http://allamakeeswcd.org/conservation-lease-project/ for a brochure and to learn more about Sara’s project.

Soil Health & Cover Crop Field Day

  • Date and Time: Tuesday, August 22 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
  • Location: 255 US-69, Garner, Iowa
  • RSVP: 641.357.2200 or jim@clearproject.net

The CLEAR Project will be hosting a soil health workshop for area landowners and producers who want to learn how managing a farm for soil health will impact there production. Speakers include Doug Peterson – Soil Health Specialist with NRCS, and several local producers who will share their story of reduced tillage and cover crops. This event is sponsored by USDA-NRCS, Hancock SWCD, and Iowa Corn Growers.

For more information, visit: http://www.clearproject.net/upcoming-events.html

Iowa River Forum in Hardin County

 Join the Iowa River Friends, the Southfork Watershed Alliance, and other local groups for an event focused on the Iowa River (the Cedar’s sister watershed). This event will bring together people who are interested in learning more about water quality and water management on the Iowa River, provide expert information from our speakers, and allow the public to share thoughts and ideas on how to work together to protect our water better, reduce future flood risks, and expand public use and enjoyment of the river.
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/259921141178599

Tallgrass Prairie Center – Field Days – June 20, June 22, September 20, September 21

Tuesday June 20th 9:00-11:00 – Luze Farm Corp, Dysart.  – Coffee and pastries provided at beginning of event. The field day site will be at the Luze Farm Corp at 5718 12th Avenue, Dysart IA in Benton County. Luze Farm is approximately 3 miles northeast of Dysart, IA. From IA-8: Turn North onto 12th Ave. After almost 1 mile, the farm is on the right. This field event will look at 10 in-field native prairie strips planted on the contour in 2015.

Thursday June 22nd 9:00-12:00 – ISU Borlaug Learning Center, Nashua. – Complimentary lunch provided. The Borlaug Center is west of Nashua, less than 5 minutes from the Avenue of the Saints/Hwy 218. At Nashua Exit 220, go west on B60 1 mile. Turn south on Windfall Avenue 1 mile. At the T intersection, turn east on 290th Street approximately ¼ mile. Address: 3327 290th St. Nashua, IA 50658. This field event will look at research plots planted in 2015 that compare three commonly used native seed mixes in Iowa and the effects of first year establishment mowing on the planting.

Wednesday September 20, 9:00–12:00 – Renewable Farm, Cedar Falls. – A complimentary lunch will be served around 11:00. Renewable Farm is located at 1572 S Union Rd. Cedar Falls, IA 50613. Go .25 miles south of University Ave. on South Union Rd. The Farm will be on the east side of S. Union Rd. A spring 2017 in-field native prairie strip will be highlighted as well the Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project.

Thursday September 21, 4:30-6:30 – J.H. Roadman Memorial Park, Dike. – A complimentary dinner will be provided at the conclusion of the event. J.H. Roadman Memorial Park is located 1.5 miles west of Dike on County Road D-19 (160th St.). The park is located on the north side of the road. This field day is in partnership with the ISU STRIPS team and will highlight the planting of in-field prairie strips and a saturated buffer.

 

Header photo credit: Matt Fisher

 

Last modified on August 15th, 2017
Posted on April 29th, 2014