Author: Ross Evelsizer

$100,000 Grant Received for Trail Project in Fayette County

October 20th, 2016

Fayette County Conservation has been awarded a $100,000 grant from Iowa Resource Enhancement and Protection, commonly referred to as REAP.

REAP invests in projects that enhance and protect Iowa’s natural and cultural resources.  15% of REAP is set aside for grants to cities and counties for projects that help establish natural areas, and encourage outdoor recreation and resource management.… Read more ›

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Project helps farmers in the Turkey River Watershed boost their bottom-lines

With farming margins tighter than ever, farmers in the Turkey River Watershed can get help identifying areas of their operations dragging their bottom-line.

The Iowa Soybean Association, in conjunction with the Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), is leading a project in the Turkey River Watershed to offer farmers a confidential profitability analysis at a discounted price of 25 cents/acre.… Read more ›

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WMAs – Why County Supervisors Should Be Involved

WMAs – Why Supervisors Should Be Involved and Enthusiastic (PDF)

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Watershed Wednesday: Learning from watershed neighbors

http://www.iaenvironment.org/blog/iowa-environmental-voice/watershed-wednesday-learning-from-watershed-neighborsRead more ›

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New ISU research studies Iowa farmland that loses money

http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2016/01/21/unprofitableacresRead more ›

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Task force: Here’s how we fix Iowa’s water quality

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2016/01/15/use-cheap-loans-raise-water-quality-task-force-says/78788214/Read more ›

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NEW PROGRAM IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY WILL MAKE IT EASIER TO TEST FOR NITROGEN LEVELS IN TILE WATER

http://www.decorahnews.com/news-stories/2015/10/12051.htmlRead more ›

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What has flooding cost the TRW in the last 20 years?

The TRWMA Flood Reduction Plan was released in June 2015 and has a price tag of approximately $32 million. In the plan, it was documented, based on reports from communities and counties, that floods had caused at least $20 million over the past 20 years. Since only a few of the communities and counties reported, it was deduced that this was a fraction of the actual cost.… Read more ›

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TRWMA Flood Reduction Plan Featured in Cedar Rapids Gazette

The TRWMA Flood Reduction was in the news this week as a featured article in the Cedar Rapids Gazette. The flood reduction plan was finished at the end of may and released to the public in mid-June. The article, which ran in the June 29th edition of the Gazette, is already garnering statewide attention, especially as recent rains again threaten flooding in Iowa.… Read more ›

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New Flood Forecasting Tools Available for the Turkey River Watershed

Tuesday April 7th 2015, staff from the Iowa Flood Center and IIHR in Iowa City put on a training for new flood forecasting tools available for the Turkey River Watershed. The web-based tool is called the Iowa Flood Information System or IFIS. Some of the tools available through IFIS, such as stream gauge information, have been available for a couple of years but the Iowa Flood Center has recently added some new tools to help people anticipate and prepare for flooding.… Read more ›

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Prairie Strips

“An Iowa State University research team has discovered that strategically adding a little bit of prairie back onto the agricultural landscape can result in many benefits – in water and soil quality, habitat for wildlife and pollinators, as well as opportunities for biomass production. Learn more about this new conservation practice and the excitement it is generating both within and outside Iowa.”

View a short video on Prairie Strips Here

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Water Quality Efforts Soak Up the Benefits in Monona

permeable parking lot in Monona

A press release by the DNR  regarding the permeable paver parking lot in Monona has garnered a lot of attention. The video in the release on February 10, 2015 has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people. The DNR has also fielded many calls inquiring about the project. The permeable paver parking lot was completed in 2014 by the City of Monona in an effort to reduce the water quantity and improve the water quality of a nearby un-named tributary that eventually feeds into the Turkey River.  … Read more ›

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