May 27 Webinar: The Importance of Urban Conservation and Useful Stormwater Management Practices for Homeowners

May 21, 2020

AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, May 27 at noon about urban conservation and stormwater management practices that homeowners can use.  

The addition of impervious surfaces to the landscape in urban areas increases water runoff volume and rate, which can cause water quality, erosion and flood issues. A stormwater management strategy and best management practices can be implemented by communities and homeowners to provide better site designs and water management. Paul Miller, Urban Conservationist at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), will discuss practices that homeowners can install to manage water, while also adding beauty to their yard.

“Every homeowner regardless of the size of property can do something to manage and treat the water that leaves their property to improve water quality and reduce water quantity effects on receiving waters downstream,” said Miller, who has over 37 years of experience in soil and water conservation and resource management with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and IDALS. Miller hopes that webinar participants will take away ideas about how they can help improve water quality in their watershed.

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before 12:00 pm CDT on May 27:

Click this URL, or type this web address into your internet browser:

    Or, go to and enter meeting ID: 364 284 172 


Or, join from a dial-in phone line:

    Dial: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923

    Meeting ID: 364 284 172


The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available at

Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319) and GROWMARK, Inc.


Hilary Pierce                                       Jacqueline Comito

Extension Outreach Specialist            ILF Program Director                  

515-294-8912                                       515-296-0081