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Erv Klaas, Vice President of the Prairie Rivers of Iowa Board of Directors, presenting at the Squaw Creek Watershed Coalition informational meeting on June 29, 2015. Photo by Hanna Bates.

On June 29th the Squaw Creek Watershed Coalition informational meeting was held at the Ames Public Library in the evening. Approximately 20 people came from the surrounding community to learn more about the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Plan.  Individuals from the community represented many different segments from the surrounding area, including Iowa State University students, urban residents, and farmers. Attendees asked questions about plan details and how Prairie Rivers of Iowa will assist in improving water quality in the watershed over the upcoming year.

Erv Klaas, Vice President of the Prairie Rivers of Iowa Board of Directors, informed the public at the meeting about the current state of the water within our watershed and presented a summary of the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Plan. Key components of the plan are to increase the awareness and understanding of the watershed, improve the water quality, and to promote the practices that individuals can use to help improve our water quality. You can read the full plan here. The evening concluded with a group discussion on the plan by meeting attendees.

Squaw Creek after a heavy June rain in 2015. Image by Hanna Bates.
Squaw Creek after a heavy June rain in 2015. Image by Hanna Bates.

Whether you are an urban resident or a farmer within the area, there are many things you can do to get involved to educate others and to improve the water quality within the watershed. Do you enjoy being outdoors and learning about the natural sciences? Join IOWATER, a volunteer water quality monitoring program. Are you a farmer in the area who wants to know how conservation practices can fit into your operation? Prairie Rivers of Iowa offers services to coordinate financial and technical assistance to enable conservation practice implementation that can work within your farm operation.

You can learn more from me about our watershed and what you can do to get involved in water quality improvements in July and August. Just look for me, Hanna Bates, at the Boone County Fair and the Ames Farmers Market.