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Soil and Water Conservation Week

 

2015 Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Week PRESS RELEASE

BEFORE THE WEEK:
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
Let's Plant for Pollinators! event| Truro, For Lands Sake! Madison County group
9:00am-12:00pm
Free workshop for gardeners, homeowners, schools, farmers and landowners interested in protecting our native pollinators. Learn how planting a single patio pot, a flower garden or a large scale prairie restoration are all important ways to help pollinators. Hear from ISU entomologist Dr. Mary Harris and Blank Park Zoo Conservation Manager Jessie Lowry. Presentations followed by Q&A. Regional organizations will have educational displays and information available.
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SUNDAY, APRIL 19
Conservation Station at Jones County Conservation Fair| Jones County SWCD
10:00am-2:00pm
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TUESDAY, APRIL 21
See the Power of Rain: NRCS Rainfall Simulator Demonstration | Johnson County
12:00-1:00pm
Demonstration of the Iowa NRCS Rainfall Simulator, providing farmers, local watershed groups, and urban residents scientific information directly applicable to their land and helps inform neighbor-to-neighbor conversations related to water quality. Free and open to the public.
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22
Proclamation Signing with Governor Branstad, and Conservation Tour | Plymouth County SWCD and Deep Creek WQI Project
2:00pm
Governor Branstad will sign the Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Week proclamation and participate in a conservation tour at Bob Puetz’s farm near Le Mars. Puetz has been an active participant in the Deep Creek Water Quality Initiative Watershed Project.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 23
Arbor Day Outdoor Classroom for 3rd Graders | Howard County SWCD

THURSDAY, APRIL 23
Presentations and Local Proclamation Signing| Johnson County Board of Supervisors meeting, Clear Creek Watershed WMA and Johnson County SWCD

 

DURING THE WEEK:
SUNDAY, APRIL 26
Volunteer Work Day
| Pammel Park, SW of Winterset, AmeriCorps Private Lands Habitat, Madison County SWCD
1:00-5:00pm
Join us for a Garlic Mustard pulling work day, in celebration of Earth Day and Soil & Water Conservation Week!
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SUNDAY, APRIL 26
Solon Soil Quality Restoration Demonstration
| Solon, Johnson County SWCD
12:00-2:00pm
Increase your yard's organic matter content and overall ability to absorb rain water with SQR. This practice is a quick, easy, and cost effective way to improve the overall health of your yard, transforming your dry, stressed lawns to lush and green! Join us to learn more about the benefits of SQR and talk with JCSWCD staff, the City of Solon, the City of North Liberty and Forevergreen landscaping.
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MONDAY, APRIL 27
Local Proclamation Signing
| Waterloo City Council Meeting, Black Hawk County SWCD
5:30pm
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MONDAY, APRIL 27
Tree Delivery
| Appanoose County SWCD
Annual event where Appanoose County SWCD Commissioners give trees to 4th graders in Moravia, Moulton, Centerville, and Seymour schools, andinformation about www.waterrocks.org and educational materials for teachers. 

MONDAY, APRIL 27
2015 American Honey Queen visit
| Osceola, Clark County SWCD
Gabrielle Hemesath, the 2015 American Honey Queen, will be a guest of the Clark County SWCD, speaking to area students about the importance of honeybees to Iowa agriculture and how honeybees are the connection between plants and our plates. She will also share information about the many uses for honey, including how it can sweeten your entire home. Gabrielle will make appearances throughout the community during her visit.
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TUESDAY, APRIL 28
Boone County SWCD Open House, with Boone County SWCD Soil Health Trailer | Boone County SWCD
10:00am-3:00pm
Visit about funding and technical assistance available and see NRCS' soil health trailer.
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Boone County Chamber's monthly Business After Five event
| Boone County SWCD
5:00-7:00pm
Along with the soil health trailer, there will be displays showing CREP sites in Boone County, the Big Creek Watershed Project and grow tubes showing the different stages of growth of cover crops. Some urban conservation materials will also be available. Refreshments will be served and some door prizes.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29
Pollinator Lunch and Learn
| IDALS and Blank Park Zoo Plant.Grow.Fly. program
12:00-1:00pm - Bring your own lunch
The Blank Park Zoo’s Plant.Grow.Fly. program is hosting an hour-long lunch and learn about bees as pollinators with 2015 National Honey Queen Gabrielle Hemesath and the State Apiarist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Andrew Joseph.
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29
Waterloo West High School field trip at George Wyth State Park
| Miller Creek Water Quality Improvement Project participating
Shane Wulf, Miller Creek Water Quality Improvement Project, will show students how to conduct the IOWATER water monitoring and discuss the watershed project.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29
Walnut Creek Watershed Open House
| Walnut Creek Watershed Management Authority and partners
4:30-6:30pm
Build your own rain barrel. Test Walnut Creek's water quality. Discover the work of Paddle Artist Nancy Crowfoot. Preview the new Greater Des Moines Bicycle Commuter Map. Learn the art and science of bicycle building from the experts! No RSVP required.
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29
Poetry Reading
| Maquoketa Art Experience, Jackson SWCD and local watershed projects
12:00-1:00pm
The public is invited to come read or listen to original and traditional poetry about nature and conservation.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 30
Urban Conservation Tour
| Calhoun SWCD
10:00am-12:00pm
A bus tour of Rockwell City, Lohrville, and Twin Lakes to view urban conservation practices that have been installed and future practice sites, hosted by the Calhoun County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance. Please RSVP to the Calhoun County SWCD at 712-297-7824 to secure a spot on the bus and participate in lunch.
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SATURDAY, MAY 2
Stream CleanUp | IDALS Central Office, Polk County
9:30-11:00am
Clean up the Jordan Creek and trail in West Des Moines. Wear clothes that can get dirty! No RSVP required.
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SATURDAY, MAY 2
Create an Edible Landscape | Polk County
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SATURDAY, MAY 2
Floral and Butterfly Watercolor Workshop | Reiman Gardens
*This is a 4 week course on Saturdays May 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

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SUNDAY, MAY 3
"Pollinators" Presentation by Fred Abels, SWCD Commissioner| Grundy Center American Lutheran Church, Grundy County SWCD
8:45am

SUNDAY, APRIL 26
North Liberty Soil Quality Restoration Demonstration
| North Liberty, Johnson County SWCD
1:00-3:00pm
Increase your yard's organic matter content and overall ability to absorb rain water with SQR. This practice is a quick, easy, and cost effective way to improve the overall health of your yard, transforming your dry, stressed lawns to lush and green! Join us to learn more about the benefits of SQR and talk with JCSWCD staff, the City of Solon, the City of North Liberty and Forevergreen landscaping.
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WEEKLONG ACTIVITIES:
Plant. Grow. Fly. | Blank Park Zoo
Create a garden with pollinators in mind

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Poster Contest Winners on Display | Centre Mall in Sioux Center, Sioux County SWCD

Grocery Sack Contest | Tama County SWCD
Students in the 3rd-5th grades are eligible to enter

Live Tree Seedlings | Tama County SWCD
Gifted to all 6th graders in Tama County

Live Tree Seedlings | Webster County SWCD
Gifted to all 5th graders in Webster County

Live Tree Seedlings | Washington County SWCD
Gifted to all 5th graders in Washington County

"Local Heroes Your Hardworking Pollinators" presentations to 3rd-4th grade art classes | Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Elementary, Eagle Grove Library, Belmond Library, Hamilton & Wright County SWCDs
Gifted to all 6th graders in Tama County

Symphony of the Soil documentary | Cedar Creek Partnership WQI Watershed Project and Wapello County SWCD
Sharing about Cedar Creek Partnership Watershed Project and video with Pekin Community High School - Natural Resource class.


NACD EDUCATION MATERIALS:
The following SWCDs received educational materials from NACD, gifted by Conservation Districts of Iowa or purchased on their own.
Region 1: Ida, Sac, Cherokee
Region 2: Emmett, Dickenson, Kossuth, Hamilton
Region 3: Howard, Chickasaw, Floyd
Region 4: Fayette, Clayton, Allamakee
Region 5: E. Pott, Guthrie, W. Pott
Region 6: Warren, Jasper, Lucas
Region 7: Tama, Clinton, Scott, Washington
Region 8: Page, Fremont, Taylor
Region 9: Des Moines, Jefferson, Monroe

Check out photos from the week on our Flickr album.

More events will be added soon! If you have an event, contact Jackie.Suckow@iowaagriculture.gov

 

Spread the word

1. Use the logo! On your e-mail signature, profile icon . . .
2. Partner with another group for a larger celebration!
3. Encourage pollinator enhancements, practices and seed mixes to farmers.
4. Join the conversation on facebook & twitter!
5. Visit NACD for educational materials and more information!
6. Let us know about your activities! E-mail jackie.suckow@iowaagriculture.gov

Stewardship Week

Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Week is an opportunity to recognize the important conservation work that has been placed on the Iowa landscape and bring attention to the ongoing work by farmers, landowners and urban residents to protect the state’s soil and water resources.

Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Week this year is being coordinated with national Stewardship Week, which is sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts.  This year’s Stewardship Week theme is "Local Heroes: Your Hardworking Pollinators” and is designed to focus the nation’s attention on the stewardship and importance of our natural resources.

The severe erosion during the “Dust Bowl” years of the 1930s brought about the first efforts to prevent soil erosion, which also helped protect water resources.  Iowa passed a law in 1939 to establishing a state agency and the means for soil and water conservation districts to organize.  This legislation declared it the policy of the State of Iowa to: preserve soil and water; protect the state’s tax base; and promote health, safety and public welfare of people of Iowa.

Today, Iowa is a national leader in the implementation of water quality and watershed projects, soil conservation and buffer programs.  Iowa currently leads the nation in the continuous conservation reserve program buffer initiative with more than 600,000 acres.  Iowa also has more than 60 active watershed and water quality projects across the state. This year we also celebrate the 40th anniversary of Cost Share, used on our landscape for terraces, waterways, erosion control structures and others.

 

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