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Winter Meeting Recap, 2/22/2019

Posted on March 5th, 2019

On Friday, February 22nd, 50 supporters of the Cedar River Watershed gathered in Vinton on a glittery winter day as the sun peeked out for a brief respite from the snowy cold. Participants heard from Benton County watershed coordinators, conservation leaders, and an entrepreneurial farmer about efforts to reduce our impacts on the Cedar River and its watershed.

The meeting featured two panel presentations about on-going improvement activities in the Cedar River Basin. If you were unable to attend but would like to view the slide presentations, click on the talk titles below to access the presentations.

Panel: Benton County Watershed Improvement

Panel: Growing our Conservation Infrastructure – Scaling up Cover Crop Adoption 

  • Clark Porter, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
  • Nick Longbucco , The Nature Conservancy
  • Adam Nechanicky, Tama County farmer and business ower – Presentation Slides

Prior to the meeting, the Cedar River Watershed Coalition steering committee met to discuss 2019 priorities. Three key themes were identified for meeting topics and activities: conducting outreach about the Cedar River Watershed to local decision makers, community building activities, and seeking experts to help us identify precisely what conservation actions are needed to help the Cedar River Watershed reach water quality and flood risk reduction goals.

These themes will be explored in our next Cedar Coalition meeting, *tentatively* slated for November 8, 2019, as well as in upcoming events.