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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Prairie Rivers of Iowa Partners with Iowa State University’s College of Business’s New CyBIZ Lab Program

Prairie Rivers of Iowa along with the Hamilton County Conservation Board have partnered together to bring a project to Iowa State University's College of Business's new CyBIZ Lab program. A team of graduate and undergrad students will be heading our project along with a couple of other projects from various companies, such as WebFilings and the Iowa Arboretum. Our project cycle will run from February to the end of April. Prairie Rivers of Iowa and Hamilton County Conservation Board are excited to see what marketing analysis and other results the team comes up with as recommendations. To read more about this new program visit the link below. http://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/article_2c865c56-9430-11e3-9d01-0019bb2963f4.html...
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Artsy Turn on Learning History

During the winter round of the capstone events through the Kids on the Byway Program, Joyce and Bob Ausberger, members of the Iowa Lincoln Highway Association came into Kate Mitchell Elementary 5th grade classrooms to talk about the Lincoln Highway. They brought along artifacts, photos, and many very interesting stories about the history of the Lincoln Highway and its important role in the Westward Movement of North America. They also presented a contest to the students that involved some Lincoln Highway prizes. The contest consisted of the students in those two classes drawing pictures, making art projects, or anything else creative that represented the meaning of the Lincoln Highway. The capstone event was educational, and the students really enjoyed this artful of learning about history. Below is a photo of one of the entries from a Kate Mitchell 5th grade student for the Lincoln Highway contest. Click below to go to the Iowa Lincoln Highway Webpage http://www.iowalincolnhighway.org/ILHA_history           ...
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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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Prairie Rivers of Iowa Top 10

It's all about love this month. Here's the Top 10 Things to love about Prairie Rivers: 10. As a non-profit, donations are 100% tax-deductible. 9. The Staff and Board of Directors are 100% committed to moving the mission forward. 8. Kids programming is some of the best around bringing experts from the community to educate the young about conservation. 7. The only Iowa grown and manufactured white oak log cabins in the state committed to helping people build the highest-quality log products, while enduring environmentally-responsible building practices. 6. Bringing history to life through the Kids on the Byway program with the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway. 5. Keep Calm & Hug a Tree - our Urban Forester helps three growing communities with the supplies and tools to best manage their forest resources. 4. Eat your fruits and veggies! It's all about healthy foods - working with numerous local farmers and community partners to develop school and community gardens and community education about eating healthy. 3. The Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway is...
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Iowa Choice Harvest

Click on the picture above to watch the ABC News Channel 5 broadcast of Iowa Choice Harvest Product Types: Frozen sweet corn, sliced apples, whole asparagus About Iowa Choice Harvest Iowa Choice Harvest LLC formed in 2013 with 24 member owners. 60% of our member owners are Iowa producers and 40% are Iowa non-producers. "Our mission is to connect customers with earth-conscious Iowa farmers," Huber says," who grow high quality fruits and vegetables." Our plant is located in Marshalltown, Iowa and we began processing sweet corn in August. Our company purchases crops from Iowa farmers at their peak of ripeness and then flash freezes it to maintain the highest quality taste possible. Our sweet corn this year was harvested and frozen on the same day. The sweet corn seed was non-GMO seed and was raised by one producer. Our apple product comes from six orchards in Iowa. Our producers may use integrated pest management practices on their farms. We do not add any additives...
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Getting Kids Excited About Science

According to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, 30 percent of parents with children in kindergarten through fifth grade say that their child's school put too little emphasis on science curricula. There is a need in science education today to "spark learning" and genuine curiosity in young students. Students feel forced to understand and memorize facts instead of figuring out the reason why the answer is that answer. This ignorance of science is one of the main reasons why the Next Generation of Science Standards was developed.  NGSS is a "multi-state effort to create new education standards that are "rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education."  Minnesota teacher Mary Colson, a contributor to the development of the new standards, said that the standards aim to get the students thinking more like a scientist.  Other efforts...
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Prairie Rivers of Iowa Launches Dwolla

2014 is a New Year with new initiatives and opportunities for many organizations and this is true for Prairie Rivers of Iowa. Beginning in 2014, Prairie Rivers of Iowa will partner with Dwolla to provide partners with an electronic payment option. This payment option will be available for donations and eventually for online product purchasing. Dwolla is a cash-based payment network that provides real-time, low cost, online and mobile payments. Instead of charging a percentage-based fee for goods and services that you purchase, they charge a flat $0.25 on any transaction over $10, while anything $10 and under is free. Better yet, Dwolla was created and is based right down the road in Des Moines! Why use Dwolla? Stop writing checks Easily (and securely) donate to your favorite non-profit online Your banking information remains confidential and is not transferred or released   How do I sign up and make a payment? Go to www.prrcd.org/donate and make a tax-deductible donation to Prairie Rivers of Iowa.   What if I have questions? Please call us at...
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Old Trees Don’t Grow Taller, But Pack On Weight Like A Body-Builder

Like other animals and many living things, we humans grow when we're young and then stop growing once we mature. But trees, it turns out, are an exception to this general rule. In fact, scientists have discovered that trees grow faster the older they get. Once trees reach a certain height, they do stop getting taller. So many foresters figured that tree growth — and girth — also slowed with age. "What we found was the exact opposite," says Nate Stephenson, a forest ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, based in California's Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks. "Tree growth rate increases continuously as trees get bigger and bigger," Stephenson says. Follow the link below to read the full article on the NPR website: Old Trees Don't Grow Taller, But Pack On Weight Like A Body-Builder...
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