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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.


  • Soil & Water Proclamation & WQI Funded Urban Stormwater Project Ribbon Cutting at a Stormwater Wetland , Monday, April 30th at 2pm, Site located on the east side of Fourmile Creek on the north side of 36th Street in Ankeny. Parking by the wetland at the Outdoor Education Center 610 NE 36th Street Ankeny.   

  •   North Raccoon Farm to River Partnership Water Quality Initiative kickoff event. Tuesday, May 1, 2018
    12:00     Introductions -ACWA
    Iowa's Water Quality Initiatives- Secretary of Agriculture - Mike Naig
    Partnership acknowledgement- IAWA
    FARM SITE LOCATION - 25455 110th St, Lake City, IA 51449  https://goo.gl/maps/AymiCr47eR52
    12:30   Travel to Swan Lake Convention Conference Center
                22676 Swan Lake Drive – Carroll, IA
    12:45   Lunch - Lidderdale Country Store
    1:00     Project Presentation

  • 6th Annual Clean up Jordon Creek and Trail,  Friday May 4th, 2018. Click here to learn  more .

  • Tama SWCD's annual 5th Grade Outdoor Classroom will be held on May 1 (raindate May 3).  266 students from six school districts will be attending this year and will spend the day rotating through 20-minutes classes on benthic macroinvertebrates, nature walk, forestry, soils, wildlife, water quality, fishing/boating safety, wildlife population dynamics, and animal tracking.
  • Cherokee District Conservationist, Justin Boersma, will be on KCHE radio’s “What’s Happening Show” on May 4th at 8:35 a.m.
    talking about conservation. 
  • Sioux County Soil & Water Conservation District
  1. The winning county posters of the poster contest with the theme “Watersheds Our Water Our Home” will be on display at the Centre Mall in Sioux Center all week.
  2. Tree distribution day will be held on Tuesday, May 1  from 10 A.M. to Noon at the Sioux County Fairgrounds in Sioux Center.
  3. There will be 675 trees distributed to third graderw qt 15 different elementary schools (all schools) in Sioux County during the week.

  • Polk & Boone SWCD, Urban Conservation Demonstration, Saturday May 5th,2018, 9:30 am- 11 :30 am. Come learn how to rainscape your property! Learn More


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