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
In honor of construction starting soon to replace one of the last University of Iowa buildings damaged by the 2008 floods, we have decided to highlight a history of flood infrastructure investments at the university . Just one-year shy of a decade since the 2008 floods, the final plans have been approved for a… Read More University of Iowa: A case study of flood response
Photo of Cedar River Coalition partners. Photo from @IWAReduceFloods, the Twitter account for the Iowa Watershed Approach. Getting Down and Dirty for Cleaner Iowa Rivers Last week we participated in cleaning up an Iowa river alongside the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and other water partners across the state for Project AWARE. This event is… Read More Project AWARE 2017
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.
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
The Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA) is a new five-year project focused on addressing factors associated with flood disasters in the state of Iowa. The IWA project will also provide benefits of improved water quality by implementing conservation practices outlined in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.… Read More Introducing the Iowa Watershed Approach
… 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…