Raising Awareness and Educating with Real Time Information for the Squaw Creek

Education and awareness are key components when trying to raise awareness on any topic, this is especially true when talking about the Squaw Cree Watershed. The Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority is trying to do those exact two things, educate the public and to bring awareness to the situation. They have gone about this by hosting several listening sessions in Stanhope, Gilbert, and Ames. Here the public came to ask questions about the group and what they are trying to achieve with this 20 year plan they are looking to develop.   As the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority continues to educate and raise awareness to the situation a great resource to use to keep up to date on the Squaw Creek in your area is the one-stop web-platform from the Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS). Through this site you can access real time community flood conditions, forecast and visualizations, among other great information.   There are different settings and layers you can apply...
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Squaw Creek Watershed listening sessions – April 28th from 4:30-6:00pm at the Ames City Hall, Council Chambers and April 29th from 4:30-6:00pm at Iowa State University, Oak Room in the Memorial Union

First of Two Listening Sessions to be Held to Discuss the Squaw Creek Watershed start today at Ames City Hall (515 Clark Ave).   Two listening sessions will be held to discuss the Squaw Creek Watershed on April 28th from 4:30-6:00pm at the Ames City Hall, Council Chambers and then again on April 29th from 4:30-6:00pm at Iowa State University, Oak Room in the Memorial Union. We are asking people to come and talk about the watershed and to ask questions to our board. There will also be informational material to read on the watershed.   Penny Brown Huber, Executive Director of Prairie Rivers of Iowa and a sub consultant on the project says, “Our focus in the planning project will be to engage and educate the public about the watershed.  We want to hear from all the residents in our watershed in order to create a plan that will lead us over time to make improvements in water quality while we address flooding...
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Visit us at the Ames Eco Fair 10-2 March 29th

The third annual Eco Fair will be held this Saturday, March 29th from 10-2pm at the Community Center Gymnasium (515 Clark Avenue). The purpose of this free event is to educate the public on water conservation, reducing electrical consumption, among other green initiatives. There will be over 40 vendors of various businesses and clubs that want to make a difference with different activities on a green lifestyle. Events include door prizes, giveaways, and handouts. Please stop by the Prairie Rivers of Iowa booth to visit with us on our various programs we have. Our Log Products Coordinator, Mike Brandrup will be there to answer question about our Iowa Oak Cabins, and to answer questions to Squaw Creek. Ruth Powell, our Local Foods Coordinator will also there to answer questions....
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Registration now open for the April 8th Iowa Local Food Conference

Keynotes and panels will highlight the growing number of opportunities available to food producers in their local networks. Conference attendees can participate in three tracks: food hubs, processing centers, and marketing.   Registration is now open at: www.leopold.iastate.edu/2014-iowa-local-food-conference<http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/2014-iowa-local-food-conference>   Reduced-price early registration ends on March 28. The conference is geared to general audiences, students and vendors, and will be of interest to small growers, business owners and food service personnel, as well as others who are interested in the growing local food system in Iowa.   Contact Lynn Heuss for details, including scholarship application questions, at leheuss@i   Keynote speaker Lucie Amundson is the marketing brainchild behind her family's pasture-raised chicken business, Locally Laid. Her social media savvy led Locally Laid to the final four in a national competition for small businesses to earn a 30-second TV spot at the Super Bowl.   Sponsored by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Local Food and Farm Initiative (LFFI) and the Iowa Food System Working Group with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the...
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First of Two Listening Sessions to be Held to Discuss the Squaw Creek Watershed

Two listening sessions will be held to discuss the Squaw Creek Watershed on March 10th from 3:00-4:30pm at the Stanhope Community Center and then again on March 11th from 3:00-4:30pm at Gilbert City Hall. We are asking people to come and talk about the watershed and to ask questions to our board. There will also be informational material to read on the watershed.   Penny Brown Huber, Executive Director of Prairie Rivers of Iowa and a subconsultant on the project says, “Our focus in the planning project will be to engage and educate the public about the watershed.  We want to hear from all the residents in our watershed in order to create a plan that will lead us over time to make improvements in water quality while we address flooding and water quantity issues. ”   Emmons and Olivier Resources, Inc. (EOR) from Oakdale, Minnesota was hired to facilitate the planning process.  EOR is a water resource-based engineering and environmental consulting firm that...
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Iowa’s “Master River Stewards Program”

With being involved with the Squaw Creek Watershed Management we have been on high alert when it comes to water. In making contact with Story County Conservation District, this great program was brought to our attention and we want to share it with you. Iowa Rivers Revival will bring it's third year of the “Master River Stewards Program” to the Iowa River Watershed in the Spring of 2014. The program will be based out of the Iowa City area. Registration deadline is April 15, 2014.  Please respond to jdreier@iowarivers.org with interest and contact information. 2014 Master River Stewards Schedule-Iowa River Watershed The program will focus on: Watershed awareness Paddling and navigating skills River and stream dynamics Aquatic habitat Water quality and water monitoring Policies related to floodplains River protection and restoration Visit IRR’s website to view an outline of last year’s program:  http://iowarivers.org/education/river-stewards/ Registration Cost: Participants will pay a fee of $50 which will include program materials. Participants will be expected to attend each session and there will be “homework” assignments following...
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Squaw Creek interview with KHOI

An interview was conducted on February 12, 2014 about the Squaw Creek Watershed Authority and what’s being done to monitor water quality in central Iowa was the topic of discussion on this past Wednesday’s Local Talk show on KHOI in Ames. Host of KHOI talked with Jerry Keys of the Story County Conservation Center about watersheds and water quality testing, as well as Pat Conrad of the EOR Water Ecology Community ,who is doing the planning for the Squaw Creek Watershed plan, about the watershed, which extends north into Webster County and includes much of Boone and Story Counties. Penny Brown Huber, executive director of Prairie Rivers of Iowa, also talks about how we are working to make more people aware of the watershed and how they can help take care of it. To listen to the interview follow this link: http://khoifm.org/node/632...
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Squaw Creek Watershed held a meeting on 2/6/14

The Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority group held a meeting at the Story County Administrative Building at 1:30 in Nevada. The meeting consisted of Pat Conrad from EOR presenting an overview of the watershed management, an update on the marketing plan and plans for community engagement. Meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be held at the Story County Administrative Building at 1:30 in Nevada on April 24th. In attendance at the meeting was a reporter from the Ames Tribune. To read what he had to say follow the link below to the article on the Ames Tribune website. http://amestrib.com/news/watershed-management-authority-reviews-preliminary-squaw-creek-findings ...
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Class for teens at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art – Jan. 25th 2014

Teens are invited to create a totally unique piece of urban-inspired artwork with local artist Mary Zeran at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Not only will participants create a painting on canvas, but Lar-Cyn Designs donated an EASE-L for each person, so they'll get to design a coordinating easel to really make your artwork pop! Space is limited and pre-registration is required. This class will take place on Saturday, January 25, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. There is a $10 free. Call Erin Thomas at 319.366.7503 ext. 203 or email ethomas@crma.org to pre-register or for more information. Photo © Cedar Rapids Art Museum ...
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