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Soil and Water Conservation Week Partnership Spotlight: E Resources Group

In honor of Soil and Water Conservation Week, we have interviewed some of our partner organizations for the Watersheds & Waterways Program in order to share more about their organization and our partnership with them. E Resources Group Jean Eells, Director E Resources Group is organized by Jean Eells, working in Educational Program Evaluation, Education […]

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Soil and Water Conservation Week Partner Spotlight: Heartland Cooperative

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In honor of Soil and Water Conservation Week, we have interviewed some of our partner organizations for the Watersheds & Waterways Program in order to share more about their organization and our partnership with them. Heartland Cooperative Jason Danner, Central Regional Sales Manager Heartland Cooperative is a full service, value added cooperative that has been […]

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Women Caring for the Land Workshop Held in Stanhope

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A group of women from in and around the Squaw Creek Watershed came together to participate in the “Women Caring for the Land” workshop held April 13, 2017 in Stanhope. This workshop, co-sponsored by Prairie Rivers of Iowa and the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network, offered participants the chance to discuss individual farm management practices […]

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Lincoln Highway Association to hold National Conference in Denison, Iowa

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The Lincoln Highway Association will hold their National Conference June 20-24th in Denison, Iowa. The group was originally formed in 1913 to promote the road using private and corporate donations. The idea was embraced by an enthusiastic public, and many other named roads across the country followed. Early leaders were Carl Fisher, a headlight manufacturer […]

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April showers bring Watershed Planning!

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“Never let your watershed management plan gather dust,” recommended Kevin Griggs at last week’s meeting of the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Board.  Board members agreed, discussing the next elements of the 20-year plan to bring to life. Can we protect drinking water wells in small communities like Stanhope? Can we improve wildlife habitat? Can we […]

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Ames Water Treatment Plant Tour – March 23

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Through our relations with the City of Ames in our watershed work, Prairie Rivers of Iowa board and staff members got the opportunity on March 23, 2017 to tour the water treatment plant that the city is building on East 13th Street. The Director and Assistant Director of Ames Water and Pollution Control, as well […]

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Outdoor Learning Environments Advisory Board

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We have put together and Advisory Board to support the Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE) Program. The group includes a good mix of professionals from different backgrounds and from across the state. They are meant to help inform the decision-making for the program and advise on best management for outdoor learning environments. As a way to meet […]

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Corridor Management Plan, Projects, and Celebrations

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The Corridor Management Plan has been completed! This has been a 3-year process and included hours of research, meetings with city and county officials, holding community input meetings, and many hours of writing. You may view the plan using this link. The plan not only contains history of the Lincoln Highway in Iowa and in […]

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Outdoor Learning Environments Resource Guide

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Spring has sprung, and so has the Outdoor Learning Environment Program here at Prairie Rivers of Iowa! We have a lot of ‘buzz’ going about outdoor learning environments and several groups in progress in developing plans for their spaces. (Yes, pollinators including native bees will love your outdoor learning environment! BUZZZZ…) We are offering our three-phase […]

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Master River Steward Program Starting May 2017

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    Have you been wanting to know more about rivers including wildlife, water quality, and stream bank restoration? We are offering the perfect course to do so this Spring! We are coordinating a Master River Steward Program in collaboration with Story County Conservation. The program includes 8 in-depth and hands-on learning sessions led by local […]

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