Author: Ross Evelsizer
8-28-2014 — The City of Monona unveiled the brand new parking lot at the LeRoy & Colleen Darby Family Aquatic Center to a group of partners and citizens. The new parking lot features a new surface made up of permeable pavers designed to eliminate most of the runoff from the formerly gravel parking lot.
In addition to being more environmentally friendly, the revisions make the parking lot more practical. … Read more ›
POSTVILLE, IOWA – May 20TH, 2014 – Five rainfall and soil moisture gauges have been placed in the Otter Creek watershed, a sub-watershed of the Turkey River that covers a 30,000 acre area from West Union to Elgin in Fayette County. The gauges measure hourly rainfall, soil moisture, and soil temperature at each location. Data is available online at http://ifis.iowafloodcenter.org/ifis/main/?v=b… Read more ›
On Friday May 16th, 5th graders from MFL Mar Mac school made their annual visit to the Big Springs Fish Hatchery to learn about fish and do a little fishing of their own.
Gary Siegwarth, fisheries biologist with the Iowa DNR, presented many different aspects of fish biology and management. Students learned the importance of fish habitat and water quality in maintaining and improving the incredible fisheries of the Turkey River Watershed.… Read more ›
Between Sunday May 11th and Monday May 12th, 2014, the Turkey River Watershed received on average 2.43 inches of rainfall. Two Iowa Flood Center rain gauges placed in the watershed recorded the 2.55 and 2.31 inches of rainfall(rain gauge data can be accessed here). Attached is a series of pictures that contrasts how agricultural lands in the Turkey River Watershed received and responded to the rain that fell over that 48 hour period. … Read more ›
New Programs Authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill Help Restore Wetlands, Support Outdoor Recreation Activities, Boost the Economy
|ORRTANNA, Pa., May 1, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that applications are now being accepted for new, landmark conservation initiatives created by the 2014 Farm Bill. The programs will provide up to $386 million to help farmers restore wetlands, protect working agriculture lands, support outdoor recreation activities and boost the economy.
Vilsack made the announcement at Kuhn Orchards in Orrtanna, Pennsylvania.
Wind and rainstorms like those that pummeled most of Iowa last week help carry tons of rich, fertile topsoil from its farmland each year — and potentially cut $1 billion in yield from the state’s 88,000 farms, says an Iowa State University agronomy professor.
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CALMAR, IOWA – April 16TH, 2014 – Northeast Iowa RC&D hosted a meeting on April 16th at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar for all producers in the Turkey River Watershed. The meeting provided an opportunity for landowners from seven counties to learn about the Turkey River Watershed Management Authority’s (TRWMA) planning efforts and more importantly for the producers to provide input and insight to the group, which is working on a plan to reduce flooding and improve water quality in the Turkey River Watershed.… Read more ›
See the DRAFT report from the Iowa Flood Center for results from their hyrdologic modeling of the Turkey River Watershed:
Check out the attached article written by an Iowa farmer.
http://www.newtondailynews.com/2014/03/11/iowa-nutrient-reduction-strategy-a-farmers-perspective/a6dso5v/?page=1… Read more ›