Successful Watershed Management in the Upper Midwest: Getting to Scale

Post written by Melissa Miller, Associate Director for the Iowa Water Center On November 6 and 7, a group of about 35 stakeholders representing fields of higher education, government, policy, and watershed practitioners gathered in Dubuque, Iowa, for a working session entitled “Successful Watershed Management in the Upper Midwest: Getting to Scale.” Rebecca Power and… Read More Successful Watershed Management in the Upper Midwest: Getting to Scale

Caring for Creation & Sister Water

Caring for Sister Water was one of many creation care efforts that came with the founding of Prairiewoods 20 years ago. These efforts included two infiltration ponds that hold much of the water that runs off our parking lots and roadways, as well as numerous trees and plants with extensive root systems that hold and cleanse water. After the Cedar Rapids floods of 2008, we doubled our efforts to address storm water concerns— we installed permeable pavers, hosted rain barrel classes and identified four storm water culverts that drain on our land. Varying degrees of erosion meant that all four of these culvert areas needed attention.

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Planning for Watershed Success in Eastern Iowa

Post edited by Hanna Bates, Program Assistant at the Iowa Water Center This week, we chatted with Jennifer Fencl, the Solid Waste & Environmental Services Director at The East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG). Fencl works to bring eastern Iowa stakeholders together to better manage their natural resources and to create a long-term investment in… Read More Planning for Watershed Success in Eastern Iowa

People are asking about the 2017 Iowa Water Conference…

… and we have answers! Written by Melissa Miller, Associate Director of the Iowa Water Center It’s that time of year again. Everywhere I go, I get questions about the Iowa Water Conference. Here are a few of the recurring questions: What’s the theme this year? Watershed Management: Partnerships for Progress  Is the agenda filled… Read More People are asking about the 2017 Iowa Water Conference…