Author: Ross Evelsizer

Thousands of private wells have unsafe levels of bacteria, nitrates, new study says

Thousands of private wells that Iowans use for drinking water are contaminated with unsafe levels of bacteria and nitrates, a study looking at 16 years of data shows.

The Environmental Working Group and the Iowa Environmental Council blame farmers’ use of fertilizer for the pollution.

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Naig announces funding for 19 new water quality projects

The Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced funding for water quality projects across Iowa including a new project in the Turkey River Watershed. More details can be found here. Read more ›

Using Native Species in Urban Landscaping

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/1/3/using-native-species-in-urban-landscaping?fbclid=IwAR0vzuM27FVB4zubXgV4sVJuRHOnLS3ZdrfCqpU3XKtHyGMp1lply2FNvG8Read more ›

Touring the Otter Creek Watershed

Despite a rainy start to the day, nearly 60 people gathered for a bus tour of the Otter Creek Watershed in Northeast Iowa on June 8. Participants saw rural and urban conservation practices designed and installed to reduce flooding in the watershed.

The tour began and ended in West Union, Iowa, where downtown infrastructure has been upgraded to enhance stormwater management.… Read more ›

Watershed Scale, Not Field Scale

Watershed Scale, Not Field ScaleRead more ›

Watershed Management Authorities: Opening the Communication Line Between Cities and Farmers

Watershed Management Authorities: Opening the Communication Line Between Cities and FarmersRead more ›

$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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

New ISU research studies Iowa farmland that loses money

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

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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