April showers bring Watershed Planning!

April showers bring Watershed Planning!

“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 promote recreational opportunities in our area? We sure can, and often with the same practices that we're already promoting to address nutrients and water quality in Squaw Creek.  Cover crops and stormwater best management practices are good tools for source water protection.  Prairie strips and riparian buffers are great habitat for birds and pollinators.  At Prairie Rivers of Iowa, we're always on the lookout for new opportunities, and more reasons to get people interested in soil health and water quality. -- In parallel, we are also working on a watershed management plan for the Keigley-South Skunk Watershed.  We hope that this too will be a living document that opens the door to...
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Now available: Online Form to Request Financial and Technical Assistance!

Are you a farmer or landowner in the Squaw Creek Watershed interested in using conservation practices on your land? You have come to the right place! Cost-share programming is available through Prairie Rivers of Iowa for no-till, buffer strips, cover crops, extended crop rotations, bioreactors, and perennial plantings. Farmers and landowners who are a first-time user of the conservation practice, have not used the practice for at least two years on planted acres, or are installing an additional structural practice are eligible for our cost-share program. We know that no farm field is the same, and so we will find the conservation practices that work best for your land.    Cost-share for no-till is $10/acre and $25/acre for cover crops. Other practices include: extended crop rotations, saturated buffers, bioreactors, buffer strips, and perennial plantings at50% cost-share. More information is available on each of the practices upon request via our website or a call to the Prairie Rivers of Iowa office (515-232-0048). We now...
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