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In Cordination with
Stewardship Week
hosted by the National Association
of Conservation Districts

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 "We All Need Trees” 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.


  • 4/26 – Jordan Creek & Trail Clean-up event in West Des Moines, 2:30 (see attached flyer)
  • 5/2- Black Hawk County Soil and Water Conservation District celebrates 76th Annual Soil and Water Conservation Week (read more)
  • 5/2 - The release of a community conservation book (see attached flyer)
  • Soil and Water Conservation Week Proclamation with the Governor and Lt. Governor: May 4th – Big Creek Watershed, Boone County
  • Dallas, Fremont and Madison: Each district will be burying 3-4 pairs of tighty-whities in fields under different management. In 6 weeks they will dig them up to see the level of microbial decomposition.
  • Poweshiek: Mark Kennett, Mike Phillips wrote op-eds for Grinnell Herald-Register
  • Howard: Hosting two Outdoor Classrooms for 3rd and 5th graders. Students will visit various stations including Bird and Tree Identification, Backyard Conservation, Wildlife, Woodland Plants & Flowers, Soils and Bees & Entomology. Howard also submitted a press release to the Times Plains Dealer.
  • Taylor: Paul Ackley, Commissioner, will be doing an interview with KMAland that will likely air Thursday, May 4th at 12:20pm.
  • Washington: Provided Norway Spruce trees to children in all the area schools. Also held a poster contest and sent in a picture of Sarah Ham, Washington Soil Conservationist, holding healthy soil with a rye cover crop for the #HealthySoilsAreFullOfLife campaign
  • Humboldt: Bob Lynch, CDI President and Humboldt Commissioner, invited David Geiger to his farm. Geiger will feature Bob’s farm on his Agribusiness Report on WHO-TV.
  • Calhoun: On Wednesday, May 3, there will be a field day and ribbon cutting ceremony for a number of urban water quality projects that have been installed in Rockwell City. The projects, undertaken by the City, will capture stormwater and utilize innovative methods to remove contaminants and improve the quality of the runoff prior to its discharge into the storm sewer system. The events will start at 9 a.m. with a tour at Featherstone Park (large camping cabin on south end) and will also include a ribbon cutting for the downtown square improvement project at 11:30 a.m. at the Rockwell City Town Square.
  • Humboldt: Bob Lynch, CDI President and Humboldt Commissioner, invited David Geiger to his farm. Geiger will feature Bob’s farm on his Agribusiness Report on WHO-TV
  • Henry SWCD -  offered NACD stewardship materials to 4 school districts and delivered them.  A picture of cover crops was posted to facebook and twitter.
  • Howard County - doesn’t have activities this week, but had their Arbor Day Outdoor Classroom for 3rd graders on April 27th and will have our Natural Resources Day Outdoor Classroom for 5th graders on May 11th.
  • Guthrie SWCD - delivered over 170 trees to 4th graders at Guthrie Center Elementary in Guthrie Center, Adair Casey Elementary in Adair, West Central Valley Elementary in Stuart, Coon Rapids-Bayard Elementary in Coon Rapids and Panorama Elementary in Panora on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of last week.  They were a little early for Soil and Water Conservation Week but was a nice opportunity to talk to the kids and their teachers about Guthrie SWCD and the kinds of things we do.  The District also participates in STEM Outdoor Day with GC Elementary, but won’t be doing that until May 22. 
  • Sioux City - the winning posters from the county poster contest on display at the Center Mall in Sioux Center for Soil and Water Stewardship Week.
  • Grundy SWCD - participates in the local town parades with an exhibit.
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