Prairie Rivers of Iowa Joins Fifth Annual “Imagine a Day Without Water” to Raise Awareness about the Value of Water

October 23, 2019, Ames, IA – Today, Ames based Prairie Rivers of Iowa has joined elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, educators, and businesses from across the country as part of the fifth annual Imagine a Day Without Water, a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value of water. Led by the Value of Water Campaign, a thousand organizations across the country will raise awareness about not taking water for granted and the crucial need for investment in our nation’s water systems. Prairie Rivers of Iowa has joined with Imagine a Day Without Water to draw attention to building a healthy watershed for clean drinking water, improved natural habitats, outdoor recreation and agricultural production in the South Skunk River Basin. “Clean water is not only vital to public health in our local communities, but also for maintaining a healthy habitat for all of our local species.  Prairie Rivers is dedicated to promoting all the benefits that clean water has...
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Iowa State University Researcher Joins Prairie Rivers of Iowa

David Stein of Ames, Iowa has joined Prairie Rivers of Iowa Resource Conservation and Development as the watershed program coordinator replacing former coordinator Kayla Bergman. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Drake University and a Master of Science in Ecology from Iowa State University. Stein’s passionate regarding conservation issues in Iowa and loves teaching others about the unique ecosystems found in the state. He previously worked as a researcher at both Iowa State and Tufts Universities primarily on prairie restoration and pollinator conservation in Iowa, Missouri and Central Maryland with five years of experience in the field. “I’m very excited to be using my knowledge as both a researcher and conservationist to improve Central Iowa’s natural resources,” relates Stein. “We’re excited about David joining our staff and bringing his expertise to our watershed work.  Prairie Rivers of Iowa continues to provide leadership in watershed planning, education for the public around soil health and water quality and supporting our...
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Wetland Conservation Field Day “Wetlands, Wet Times Conservation Practices and Programs” – June 26, 2019

On June 26th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Prairie Rivers of Iowa will be hosting a conservation field day event at the Hamilton County Kamrar Wildlife Area one mile west of Kamrar, IA at 2704 Lockwood Ave.. Kamrar, IA 50132.  This event is a chance for property owners to learn more about the solutions and assistance needed in regards to the effects that wet weather can have on their land. Representatives from Prairie Rivers of Iowa, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), the Hamilton County Conservation Board, the Iowa Agricultural Mitigation Bank, Legacy Learning Boone River Valley and Pheasants Forever will be presenting and answering questions. The free event will be held outdoors and will be moved indoors to the Hamilton County Conservation Board Headquarters at Briggs Woods Park in case of bad weather. Be sure to RSVP to Forestry and Land Management Specialist Mike Brandrup @mbrandrup@prrcd.org and stop by! P R O G R A...
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Squaw Creek Water Quality Testing Snapshot

On Saturday May 18 along with the Squaw Creek Watershed Coalition, Ames High students and local volunteers Prairie Rivers of Iowa conducted a water quality testing "snapshot" in Squaw Creek and its tributaries. Nitrate, phosphorus, chloride, clarity and other water quality benchmarks were measured. A special thank you to all the volunteers for your help working towards water quality for everyone in the watershed down to the Gulf of Mexico! ...
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Robin Moore to deliver keynote at Outdoor Learning Environments Conference

Happy Outdoor Fun Friday! As you may have heard, we are hosting our first Outdoor Learning Environments Conference here in Ames on June 18th. We are very excited to announce that our Keynote speaker will be Professor Robin C. Moore from North Carolina State University, College of Design. Robin Moore has worked in landscape architecture as an educator, researcher, and consultant. He is an international authority on the design of children's play and learning environments, user needs research, and participatory public open space design. Moore has been involved in many large projects for outdoor spaces including the Nature PlayScape at the Cincinnati Nature Center, the Blanchie Carter Discovery Park at Southern Pines Primary School, the Playspace family play center in Raleigh, NC, just to name a few. More information about Moore and his work can be found here. Please don't miss this fantastic opportunity to see Robin Moore and learn more about how to implement, maintain, and use Outdoor Learning Environments. Make sure to...
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Prairie Rivers of Iowa has moved!

We are excited to announce that Prairie Rivers of Iowa has moved to a new office! We officially moved to our new location in West Ames at the beginning of September and have since kept busy unpacking, settling into this new space, and continuing our work. Our new office is located at 2335 230th Street, which is the past residence of Kinzler Construction. It was getting a little cramped in our old office and one thing this new building offers us is plenty of space. Each program has its own area to work with plenty of room to spread out and expand, when the programs grow. Storage space on the second floor alleviates some of the workspace clutter, and between a designated conference room and a kitchenette with a breakroom, there are spaces large enough to accommodate everyone when we have large meetings. We are sharing this space with the team at EOR Iowa. Prairie Rivers of Iowa and EOR have collaborated...
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Penny Brown Huber featured in Successful Farming

Prairie Rivers of Iowa Executive Director Penny Brown Huber was featured in the article “Eight Crops Waiting for You to Grow” found in the December 2016 issue of Successful Farming. Check out her thoughts on planting carrot crops below! Carrots in the Midwest? Absolutely, says Penny Brown Huber, president of Iowa Choice Harvest in Ames, Iowa. Her company processes and freezes vegetables for marketing in grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, and schools. She wants farmers to start at about ½ acre of carrots. “We will help you learn how to grow and harvest the crop,” she says. You would need at least a small seeder and a regular mower. A harvest digger would be ideal. “We don’t demand organic, but we prefer at least chemical-free,” says Brown Huber. Carrots can produce 13,000 pounds per acre, she says, and ICH will pay about 16¢ per pound. Farmers from Iowa and surrounding states are welcome to email Brown Huber. iowachoiceharvest.com | pbrownhuber@iowachoiceharvest.com...
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Remember Us In Your End of year Donations

At this time of the year, we extend our thanks to you for the support that Prairie Rivers of Iowa has received for all the work we do across Iowa.  As a not-for-profit, it makes a difference when we receive charitable gifts.  Please consider making a gift this year. Your gift will go to support the work along the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway, educating our citizens to improve Iowa's water quality and improving our natural resources through economic and community development.  As a not-for-profit, all gifts are 100% tax deductible. Support our mission by donating here.  Thank you. Penny Brown-Huber, Executive Director...
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New Cabin in Hamilton County

The  total of number of eco-friendly cabins in Hamilton County has risen to six. All of these cabins are made with Iowa grown, Iowa manufactured, white oak logs purchased through Prairie Rivers of Iowa. These logs do not required any chemical or preservative treatment; however, they still have a have a reputation of quality and durability, as these logs are naturally resistant to decay. There are now a total of fifteen of log cabins that are made with these logs, varying in size and location. If you are interested in learning more about the logs visit: www.prrcd.org/log-products-program. The newest structure is located at Briggs Woods Park, two miles south of Webster City. This cabin is largest available, with 2,000 square feet in total space. Its open floor plan and loft accommodates groups, meetings, and will sleep about thirteen. To reserve a cabin for your next event, visit rent@mycountyparks.com. All of the Hamilton County Cabins were built with funds from revenue bonds. A...
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New PR & Marketing Coordinator Joined Prairie Rivers Team

Aimee Burch joined Prairie Rivers of Iowa on August 15, 2016 as the Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator. Originally from Springfield, IL, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Illinois-Springfield. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2014 with a Master of Science degree in Journalism. Aimee previously worked as a communications graduate assistant with the Department of Agronomy and a communications specialist for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, both at Iowa State. In her free time, Aimee enjoys running, reading, and watching TV. She is from a very active and sports-loving family and joins them in cheering for the Chicago White Sox, the St. Louis Cardinals, the St. Louis Blues, and of course, the Iowa State Cyclones. "I'm really excited to work at Prairie Rivers of Iowa and help promote the great work that the organization is doing!" -Aimee Burch...
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