The Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) conservation webinar taking place March 16 at noon CDT will feature Jill A. Kostel, Ph.D., senior environmental engineer at The Wetlands Initiative. Kostel works with operators, landowners and partner organizations in planning and implementing wetlands to treat tile drainage water leaving farm fields. She leads The Wetlands Initiative’s Smart Wetlands program and is active with the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership.
In the webinar, “Tile Flows, Backhoes and Microbes: Constructed Wetlands for Subsurface Drainage Treatment,” Kostel will discuss the siting, design and implementation of constructed tile-treatment wetlands that use the naturally occurring wetland functions and processes to capture and remove nutrients from tile flow. Showcasing farm-based Illinois NRCS 656 constructed wetlands, she will discuss how appropriately sited and designed wetlands serve a key role in supporting profitable farming operations while addressing nitrogen loss. In addition, Kostel will highlight the nutrient reductions observed through research conducted on two constructed wetlands in Illinois.
“Reducing nitrogen loads in water leaving tile drainage systems is of critical importance to water quality efforts and often the use of constructed wetlands is underutilized practice,” said Kostel. “The implementation of these structures has not only proven to leverage the natural and sustainable removal of nutrients, but they also provide other benefits such as climate resiliency, wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities. I hope to participants in this webinar will leave with a better understanding of this effective practice and will take constructed wetlands into consideration as a part of their conservation planning.”
Participants in Iowa Learning Farms Conservation Webinars are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters. People from all backgrounds and areas of interest are encouraged to join.
Webinar Access Instructions
To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon CDT March 16:
Click this URL, or type this web address into your internet browser: https://iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172
Or, go to https://iastate.zoom.us/join 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: https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.
A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit (CEU) has been applied for. Those who participate in the live webinar are eligible. Information about how to apply to receive the credit will be provided at the end of the live webinar.