AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group (CLG), is hosting a free virtual field day highlighting public and private partnerships aiming to reduce flooding and improve water quality in the Upper Wapsipinicon River Watershed on Thursday, October 15th at 1 p.m. CDT.
Join us for a live conversation with Tori Nimrod and Ross Evelsizer, Upper Wapsipinicon River Watershed Coordinators with Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development and Luke Monat and Daniel Jensen, engineers at Shive-Hattery Inc. Architecture & Engineering.
The virtual field day will offer a closer look at a current wetland project in Quasqueton that is designed to reduce flash flows during heavy rainfall events. The small wetland will reduce flows from the capture zone by around 50% during a 100 year flood event or a 6.6 inch rainfall event. A goal for the Upper Wapsipinicon Watershed Management Authority (WMA) is to implement 28 projects on both private and public properties that will help to mitigate flooding in the watershed.
"Watershed management is a long-term process, and the Upper Wapsipinicon is only in the beginning phases of that process. The projects implemented as a part of the Iowa Watershed Approach Project will help build flood resilience for watershed residents in the future,” noted Nimrod.
To participate in the live virtual field day at 1:00 pm CDT on October 15th, click this URL: https://iastate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpduihpj8iE9ZHcjpsenc2DWQILG41wg0D or visit www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/events and click “Join Live Virtual Field Day”.
Or, join from a dial-in phone line:
Dial: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923
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/page/events.
Participants may be eligible for a Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit (CEU). Information about how to apply to receive the credit (if approved) will be provided at the end of the live field day.
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.
Liz (Juchems) Ripley
Conservation Outreach Specialist