Local Leaders Tour Watershed to Learn About Practices that Improve Water Quality

Local Leaders Tour Watershed to Learn About Practices that Improve Water Quality

Along with a quarterly formal business meeting, the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority Board visits a site in the watershed to learn more about practices that improve soil health and water quality.   The Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority Board is comprised of a representative from the cities, counties, and soil & water conservation districts in the Squaw Creek Watershed. The are representatives from the cities of Stanhope, Stratford, Gilbert, and Ames; the county board of supervisors from Boone and Story County; and the soil & water conservation districts in Hamilton, Boone, and Story County. Although it is common misconception of the word 'authority' in their title, the group acts as more of an alliance of communities and counties coming together to support each other in their efforts in water quality improvement.   July's quarterly meeting offered a glimpse at an uncommon site in Hamilton County - a dairy cow herd. Kevin and Ranae Dietzel operate their dairy herd business, called Lost Lake Farms,...
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Women Caring for the Land Workshop Held in Stanhope

Women Caring for the Land Workshop Held in Stanhope

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 with local conservationists in a relaxed, peer-to-peer format that fosters learning through hands-on demonstrations. “In order to spread awareness and increase implementation of conservation practices in the watershed, we have utilized tools like the Women Caring for the Land model to target specific groups of landowners in the watershed,” said Kayla Hasper, Watershed Coordinator at Prairie Rivers of Iowa. The morning was spent at the Stanhope Community Center learning about assessing and improving soil health. Jean Eells, owner of E Resources Group, provided a demonstration of a slake test, which measures the stability of soil when it is exposed to a sudden onslaught of water. Another demonstration showed...
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