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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

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Upcoming Events

Moving Forward: Pathways to Building Community Resilience

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 19th, 9:00 AM – 6:00 pm

Location: DoubleTree Convention Center – Taft Room A (370 First Ave NE, Cedar Rapids)

Registration: Resilience Symposium Registration

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Flood of 2008, the City of Cedar Rapids is hosting an important symposium to highlight community resilience to flooding and other disasters. The event will bring in national speakers with a variety of expertise ranging from at-risk populations, watershed management, and communicating about flood risk. The event will be an important opportunity to learn from others about strategies to help us continue to move the needle in sustainable and inclusive watershed management that benefits all citizens.

For more information, visit

Cedar River Crossing and Ciha Fen Preserve Field Trip

Date & Time: Saturday, June 9th beginning at 9:30 am and/or 12:45 pm

Location: Cedar River Crossing (5473 Sutliff Road NE, Solon) and Ciha Fen (5656 145th St. NE, Lisbon)

Information: JCCB Field Trip Info

The Iowa Native Plant Society, the Friends of Johnson County Conservation and the Johnson County Conservation will be hosting a field trip to the Cedar River Crossing (CRC) and the Ciha Fen Preserve, both in NE Johnson County, on June 9, 2018. A morning session will include a tour of Cedar River Crossing (dependent upon water levels) and the afternoon session will feature a tour of Ciha Fen.

For more information and to pre-register email and put ‘INPS tour of CRC’ in subject field.

 Farm Conservation Practices Tour – Black Hawk & Benton Counties

Date & Time: Friday, June 15th from 2:45 pm to 8:00 pm

Information: Contact Shelby Williams (319 472-2161 x 4045) or Shane Wulf (319 296-3262 x3868)

Join Silos and Smokestacks, Black Hawk NRCS/SWCD and Benton NRCS/SWCD for a tour of agricultural conservation activities across southern Black Hawk and northern Benton Counties. The event will take place on Friday, June 15th from 2:45 pm to 8:00 pm and will include stops at different sites that include conservation practices like prairie strips, saturated buffers, cover crops, restorative agriculture, bioreactors, plus more! Please contact Shelby Williams at 319 472-2161 x 4045 or Shane Wulf at 319 296-3262 x3868 for more information!

 Practical Backyard Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, June 16th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Waterloo and Cedar Falls


The Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition & community partners are proud to present “A Practical Backyard Tour” of Cedar Falls & Waterloo! The tours are FREE and open to the public. Location details are coming soon. Organizations and homeowners will be opening up their green spaces and backyards to share various sustainable and earth-friendly practices, including permeable paver driveway, native landscaping, and rain gardens. After the tours end at 1 PM, participants are invited to a fun finale at SingleSpeed Brewing (325 Commercial Street, Waterloo). At 1:30 PM a drawing will be held here for eco-friendly prizes. Must be present to win!

This event is sponsored by the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition in partnership with SingleSpeed Brewing, Cedar Falls Seed Library, Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project, City of Cedar Falls, City of Waterloo, Green Iowa AmeriCorps, NE Iowa Food Bank, and Waste Trac Education Team. For more details, please contact the Waste Trac Education Team at 319-266-8722 or check out

Grazing Conference

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 19th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Muscatine Environmental Learning Center (3300 Cedar Street, Muscatine)

Information: Holly Howard,

The Muscatine SWCD is hosting a Grazing Conference at the Muscatine Environmental Learning Center on Tuesday, June 19th. Topics will include how managed grazing affects the grass and benefits the soil, and the weight gain/nutrition of cows which impacts overall profit. The conference will spotlight area grazers using different methods.

Header photo credit: Matt Fisher


Last modified on June 6th, 2018
Posted on April 29th, 2014