Creating Peace of Mind with Flood Mitigation in the Bee Branch Watershed Virtual Field Day Set for March 10 | Building a Culture of Conservation

Creating Peace of Mind with Flood Mitigation in the Bee Branch Watershed Virtual Field Day Set for March 10

February 16, 2022

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project, Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, will present a virtual field day on Thursday, March 10 at 1 p.m. CST. Join us for a live conversation with Deron Muehring, City of Dubuque Civil Engineer.

Consider this – there is a tornado warning and your family heads to the basement for safety. Not long after, heavy rains produce flash flooding and water starts pouring into the basement around you. What do you do? Bee Branch residents have faced this difficult decision more than once. Their community has received six disaster proclamations since 1999, with overall damage estimates nearing $70 million.

The Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project is a multi-phased, fiscally responsible investment to mitigate flash flooding, improve water quality, stimulate investment, and enhance the quality of life within the Bee Branch Watershed. In December 2013, the project was awarded its first funding through the Iowa Flood Mitigation Board and received additional funding in 2016 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant process.

“We took what was a buried sewer system for over 100 years and created a creek and floodplain. By taking a watershed approach, instead of just addressing the flood prone areas, you get many additional benefits including improved water quality, wildlife habitat and overall improved wellbeing and peace of mind,” noted Muehring. “This project brings greenspace to our community where homes have been built close together due to the topography. It also adds improved safety and access to outdoor space for those living in the area, including a newly constructed walking and biking trail.”

Participants in Iowa Learning Farms virtual field days are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters. People from all backgrounds and areas of interest are encouraged to join.

Virtual Field Day Access Instructions:
To participate in the live virtual field day, shortly before 1:00 pm CST on March 10, click this URL: https://iastate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpduihpj8iE9ZHcjpsenc2DWQILG41wg0D
Or visit www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/events for the registration link.

Or, join from a dial-in phone line:
Dial: 1.312.626.6799     
Meeting ID: 914 1198 4892

The field day will be recorded and archived on the ILF website so that it can be watched at any time. The archive will be available at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/virtual-field-day-archive.

Participants will be eligible for a Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit (CEU). Information about how to apply to receive the credit will be provided at the end of the live field day.