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Cedar River Watershed – September 2016 Update

Posted on September 9th, 2016

Cedar River Watershed Coalition – September News & Events

Save the Date!

The Fall 2016 Cedar River Watershed Coalition meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 28 in Parkersburg (time and location TBD). Details will be announced soon, so be sure to mark your calendar now.

As always, the details on the next Cedar River Watershed Coalition meeting will be made available on the website as soon as possible. Be sure to check in regularly for all the latest Cedar River watershed news and upcoming events:


Bioreactor Field Day – Tripoli, 9/13

Subsurface drainage (tile) has allowed large gains in agricultural productivity…but also allows excess nitrate to enter our streams and the Mississippi River. Reducing nutrient loss is vital to preserving Iowa’s water quality. Learn how woodchips bioreactors work at this field day hosted by Bremer County Extension.

Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: Tom Manson Farm, Tripoli – Field on Hwy 63 & 160th (*In case of rain, meet at Bremer Extension office, 720 7th Ave SW, Tripoli, IA 50676)

More information is available here: Bioreactor Field Day Flyer

Prairie on Farms Field Days – Dysart, 9/14 and Nashua, 9/16

The Tallgrass Prairie Center will host two field days in September to highlight the benefits of prairie integrated into farm fields. For more information, contact Ashley Kittle at 319.273.3828 or visit

Dysart Field Day – September 14th 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Luze Farm, 5718 12th Avenue, Dysart, 52224

Nashua Field Day – September 16th 9:00 am -1:00 pm

Location: ISU Research and Demo Farm, Borlaug Center 3327 290th St., Nashua, 50658

Free Training Sessions on GIS tools for Stormwater Management Modeling – Multiple Dates & Locations
The University of Northern Iowa GeoInformatics Training, Research, Education, and Extension (GeoTREE) Center is offering free, half-day training sessions on use of the ArcSLAMM package, an ArcGIS toolset designed to facilitate more efficient use of the urban stormwater model WinSLAMM (Windows Source Loading and Management Model).

Urban conservationists, watershed managers, stormwater and urban planners are invited to attend one of four free training sessions. Training locations include Ankeny, Coralville and Dubuque throughout the month of October. These half-day training sessions will illustrate how these tools can be used for source load assessment, and determining pollutant removal rates after stormwater management practices are implemented. If there is extra demand a fourth session will be scheduled for Cedar Falls sometime in late October or November.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as seating may be limited for each training session and to allow us to plan for the lunch. Please complete the form available here by Friday, September 30 to secure a spot for one of the four training sessions.

The tentative format of the training sessions will be from 10-2 with a light catered lunch, also free of charge.

For more information contact John DeGroote: 319-273-6158 or

 Watershed Management: Partnerships for Progress – Ames, 3/22/17–3/23/17

The 2017 Iowa Water Conference planning committee is pleased to announce the theme of the 11th Annual Iowa Water Conference, to be held March 22-23, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. This year’s theme, “Watershed Management: Partnerships for Progress,” promotes water resource management from a watershed perspective, with a particular emphasis on the partnerships necessary to accomplish goals.


Iowa State University scientists create educational computer simulation to explore watershed health

Iowa State University personnel have designed an online simulation that allows students and adults to experiment with how land-use practices can affect the health of a watershed. People in Ecosystems Water Integration, or PEWI (pronounced pee-wee), is a web-based educational game designed to help users understand the production and environmental consequences of various agricultural and conservation practices.

The simulation presents users with a 6,000-acre virtual watershed divided into a grid of 10-acre sections. Users can then choose how each section of land is used, selecting from a menu of options that includes conventional corn and soybean production, livestock production, wetlands, prairie, forest and more. The simulation then tracks how the land-use decisions impact agricultural production, wildlife habitat, soil quality and water quality.

For more information, visit:

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