Virtual Field Day: Road Detention Structures: Adapting Current Infrastructure for Flood Resiliency and Nutrient Reduction | Building a Culture of Conservation

Virtual Field Day: Road Detention Structures: Adapting Current Infrastructure for Flood Resiliency and Nutrient Reduction

January 4, 2022

AMES, IowaIowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Upper Iowa River Watershed Management Authority, Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group will present a virtual cover crop field day on Thursday, January 13 at 1 p.m. CST. Join us for a live conversation with Matt Frana, project coordinator for the Turkey River Watershed and Upper Iowa River Watershed, following video footage from a road project site within the watershed.


The virtual field day will highlight one of the unique sites within the watershed that is adapting existing infrastructure to provide increased water storage, as well as water quality improvement opportunities. Working with Winneshiek County, Frana was able to identify a site where the existing road could be raised to enhance an existing pond structure for increased water storage and create a fringe wetland that will provide water quality and wildlife habitat benefits, while also help increase traffic safety.


Located in northeast Iowa, the Upper Iowa River Watershed was selected to work with the Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa and many other partners to develop Watershed Management Authorities as part of the Iowa Watershed Approach. Through the project, Iowans are working together to address factors that contribute to floods and nutrient flows and enjoy the improvements in quality of life and health resulting from upstream watershed investments. Supported by U.S. Housing & Urban Development dollars, this approach is leveraging the principles of Iowa’s innovative Nutrient Reduction Strategy to make communities more resilient to flooding help improve water quality and provide wildlife habitat.


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 January 13, 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.


About Iowa Learning Farms:

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.