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Soil and water conservation week

Apr 30, 2018

Iowa is celebrating 77 years of soil and water conservation with a dedicated week from Sunday, April 29, to Sunday, May 6. The theme for this year is “Watersheds; our water, our home!”

Most people use a watershed for drinking water and many recreational activities, such as canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, swimming, hunting, birding and more. Everyone lives in and is part of a watershed.

Our community currently has a Watershed Project underway. The Lower Skunk River Water Quality & Soil Health Initiative is part of the Nutrient Reduction Strategy and Water Quality Initiative for the state of Iowa.

The project area spans into the four counties. It focuses on the importance of nutrient reduction practices by providing cost share for edge-of-field practices, soil grid sampling, cover crops and nutrient management applications.

The Lower Skunk River Watershed Project is presently working on a watershed management plan.

The plan will identify potential problem areas, suggest solutions and construct a strategy for putting the actions in place.

The watershed management plan will be completed by summer of 2018.

The project also will be hosting a grazing field day along with Iowa State University Extension on Wednesday, June 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Henry, Jefferson, Lee or Van Buren Soil & Water Conservation Districts or Miranda Haes, Lower Skunk River Watershed Project Coordinator, at 319-385- 2824 Ext. 3, located in the Henry County SWCD office.

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