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Cedar River Watershed – August Update

Posted on August 5th, 2016

Cedar River Watershed Coalition – August News & Events

Cedar River Watershed Supporters,

We had a packed house at our late spring Cedar River Watershed Coalition meeting in Grundy Center on June 10th. Nearly 50 watershed supporters, including many new faces from Grundy County, joined us to learn about exciting new projects and initiatives in the Cedar River watershed. Thanks to all who were able to join us!

If you were unable to attend, you can read the meeting summary here: 6/10/16 CRWC Meeting

Or, watch video of the presentations here (thanks to Robin Kash, Neighborhood Network News): http://www.neighborhoodnetworknews.com/current.html

The next Cedar River Watershed Coalition meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 28 in Parkersburg. Be sure to check the Cedar River Watershed Coalition website for all the latest Cedar River watershed news and upcoming events: https://www.iihr.uiowa.edu/cedarriverwatershed/

-Events-

Soil Health Partnership Field Day – West Liberty, 8/29

Soil Health Partnership demo farmers Mark and Joe Heckman will be hosting a soil health meeting at their farm. Please join us for a practical discussion of soil health and field management. Lunch will be provided.

Date: 8/29/2016, 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Location: 1742 130th Street in West Liberty, IA

Host: Mark and Joe Heckman

RSVP: http://www.eventzilla.net/web/event/heckman-field-day–west-liberty-2138851965

For more information about the Soil Health Partnership, visit http://soilhealthpartnership.org/

 Multi-Hazard Tournament – Cedar Rapids, 9/1

The Multi-Hazard Tournament (MHT) is a table-top or simulation exercise that invites participants to collaborate in teams of 5-6 players, competing against other teams to find the best ways to reduce the effects of drought, flood, and water quality hazards in the basin. This tournament would be beneficial to you if you are 1) involved in making decisions related to flood, drought, or water quality; 2) have knowledge of the basin related to the biological, ecological, hydrological components or other similar areas of expertise; or 3) are often impacted by or concerned with these hazards in this area,

Please RSVP to Andrea Carson at andrea.l.carson@usace.army.mil or by phone at (703) 428-9089 by August 16, 2016.

When: September 1, 2016 from 8 A.M. – 5 P.M. CT

Where: Cedar Rapids Police Department Community Room (505 1st St. SW, Cedar Rapids)

Information: The flyer is available here – MHT Flyer

Bioreactor Field Day – Tripoli, 9/13

Subsurface drainage (tile) has allowed large gains in agricultural productivity…but also allows excess nitrate to enter our streams and the Mississippi River. Reducing nutrient loss is vital to preserving Iowa’s water quality. Learn how woodchips bioreactors work at this field day hosted by Bremer County Extension.

Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 10-11:30 am

Location: Tom Manson Farm, Tripoli – Field on Hwy 63 & 160th (*In case of rain, meet at Bremer Extension office)

More information is available here: Bioreactor Field Day Flyer

Prairie on Farms Field Days – Dysart, 9/14 and Nashua, 9/16

The Tallgrass Prairie Center will host two field days in September to highlight the benefits of prairie integrated into farm fields. For more information, contact Ashley Kittle at 319.273.3828 or visit

www.tallgrassprairiecenter.org.

Dysart Field Day – September 14th 9:00-1:00

Location: Luze Farm, 5718 12th Avenue, Dysart, 52224

Nashua Field Day – September 16th 9:00-1:00

Location: ISU Research and Demo Farm, Borlaug Center 3327 290th St., Nashua, 50658

Watershed Management: Partnerships for Progress – Ames, 3/22/17–3/23/17

The 2017 Iowa Water Conference planning committee is pleased to announce the theme of the 11th Annual Iowa Water Conference, to be held March 22-23, 2017 in Ames, Iowa.

This year’s theme, “Watershed Management: Partnerships for Progress,” promotes water resource management from a watershed perspective, with a particular emphasis on the partnerships necessary to accomplish goals. Improving water management on a watershed scale is a complex undertaking due to the variety and sheer number of stakeholders. Watersheds do not adhere to political jurisdictions; they often cross borders of different cities of town, counties, and in some cases, states.

The full call for presentations, including a link to the online application, can be found online. The deadline is August 14.

http://www.aep.iastate.edu/iwc/

-Resources-

Become a Watershed Sleuth

EPA and the National Environmental Education Foundation recently announced a new resource for students to learn how to help solve water quality problems— by becoming a Watershed Sleuth!

Students and citizen scientists can try to build their own aquifers and take an online interactive quiz to find local water wasters. Children, families, K-12 school groups, and others can earn a different digital badge for each lesson they complete and show off their watershed knowledge. Start the challenge today. (https://www.neefusa.org/watershed-sleuth

-Recent Headlines-

 Big plans for Cedar River Crossing

http://www.soloneconomist.com/content/big-plans-cedar-river-crossing

Cedar Rapids embraces Cedar River

http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/cedar-rapids-embraces-cedar-river-20160719

Is your perfect lawn hurting Iowa’s water quality?

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2016/07/15/your-perfect-lawn-hurting-iowas-water-quality/86870500/

Stream gages measuring Iowa river levels shut down

http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/stream-gauges-measuring-iowa-river-levels-shut-down-20160711

On guard: Iowa officials work to protect our lakes, streams, and rivers

http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/on-guard-iowa-officials-work-to-protect-our-lakes-streams-and-rivers-20160710