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Soil and Water Conservation Week


Tuesday, April 22
Legislative Breakfast| Adair County SWCD
5th Grade Conservation Field Day | Adair County SWCD
Earth Day Celebration | East Pottawattamie 4H and East Pottawattamie SWCD

Thursday, April 24
Arbor Day Outdoor Classroom| Howard County SWCD


Tuesday, April 29
Soil Quality Restoration Workshop | Easter Lake Watershed Project (full details)
Meet at the Creek | Scott County (full details)

Wednesday, April 30
Governor's Proclamation Signing | Des Moines Capitol

Thursday, May 1
Annual Conservation Education Day | Allamakee County SWCD
Meet at the Creek | Scott County (full details)

Friday, May 2
West Tarkio Creek Watershed Field Event | Page County (full details)
5th Grade Natural Resources/Conservation Field Day | Fremont County

Saturday, May 3
Stream CleanUp | IDALS Central Office, Polk County (full details)


APRIL 21 - May 25
Delivery of spruce trees to all 5th Graders | Mitchell County SWCD

April 28 - May 5
Conservation Photo Contest| Cherokee County SWCD (full details)

April 28 - May 5
Soil & Water Conservation District Open House | Hancock County SWCD


Wednesday, May 7
EPAK (Educational Partners in Agriculture and Kids) Event for 4th & 5th graders | Emmett, Palo Alto, Kossuth, Pocahontas Counties

Thursday, May 8
Natural Resources Day Outdoor Classroom| Howard County

Friday, May 9
Conservation Field Day for 5th graders | Palo Alto County SWCD

Saturday, May 10
Izaak Walton Youth Day | Wapello County SWCD


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


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 "Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil” and is designed to focus the nation’s attention on the stewardship 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.


Spread the word

1. Use the logo! On your e-mail signature, profile icon . . .
2. Display a poster in your local community!
3. Partner with another group for a larger celebration!
4. Join the conversation on facebook & twitter!
5. Visit NACD for educational materials and more information!

Stewardship Week
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