Upcoming Workshop 'How Does Your Water Shed?' in Nevada

April 17, 2015

Everyone lives in a watershed. Do you know your watershed? Do you understand the relationship between surface water and the health of our lakes, rivers and streams? Attend an upcoming workshop to learn more about Iowa quality water issues, how watersheds function, and the human relationship with them.
Water Rocks!, along with Story County Extension and the Master Gardeners program, are sponsoring a workshop “How Does Your Water Shed?” for those interested in learning about watersheds and water issues affecting us today. The free workshop will be held on Monday, May 4, from 7-8 p.m. at the Story County Extension office, 220 H Ave., Nevada.
This workshop will include a combination of discussion, videos, and interactive activities to generate dialog and create awareness of local and larger watersheds, as well as water quality issues. Iowa State University Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Professor Matt Helmers will lead the workshop. A regularly sought out speaker, Helmers is the holder of the Dean’s Professorship in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and an ISU Extension and Outreach water quality engineer. Specializing in subsurface drainage, Helmers leads research on land management and nutrient reduction practices across the state. He works with the Water Rocks! and Iowa Learning Farms programs as well.
The workshop is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Register for the event by April 27 with Alison Boelman at the Story County Extension Office; phone: 515-382-6551 or email: aboelman@iastate.edu.
Water Rocks! is a statewide water education campaign that uses a variety of resources to bring awareness and appreciation of water. Through classroom visits, an interactive website, an award-winning computer game, songs, music videos, dogs, enhanced learning activities, teacher/peer mentor workshops and geocaching, Water Rocks! offers an original, light-hearted approach to water issues.
For more information, visit www.waterrocks.org. Follow Water Rocks! on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Water Rocks! partners include: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (United States Environmental Protection Agency), Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Water Center, Iowa Learning Farms and personal gifts of support. This cooperative project has been funded in part through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.