Watersheds + Waterways Program: Message From Our Director

Watersheds + Waterways Program: Message From Our Director

Guiding and leading a not-for-profit is unique when offering solutions to citizens and their problems.  In Prairie Rivers of Iowa’s case, our solutions are supporting Iowa’s environment and natural resources.  This unique place our organization finds itself in is the opportunity to work with a variety of people who care and love Iowa as much as we do.  In order for our work to be relevant, we must have vision that encourages Iowans to learn, understand and be committed to our natural resources in some way. I am always asking our staff to look in the past some and keep an eye on the day-to-day, so we can plot our direction for the future.  It sounds challenging; but often looking back can show us how far our work has lifted up an idea, a solution, and commitments to change.  Our plans for today must be realistic and support where people are in their mindset and how they value our environment.  We...
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Soil and Water Conservation Week Partner Spotlight: Heartland Cooperative

Soil and Water Conservation Week Partner Spotlight: Heartland Cooperative

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 serving farmers and landowners for over the past 30 years. The cooperative’s focus is within four main departments: grain, agronomy, feed, and energy; each serving a purpose in helping farmers produce and market profitably. With precision ag-grid sampling and varied rate technology while seeding and applying fertilizer, Prairie Rivers of Iowa is proud to partner with Heartland Cooperative while they uphold exceptional conservation messages with their customers. Heartland Coop’s effort to promote conservation programming to their customers is done in a variety of successful ways. With four technical service providers on staff, the cooperative is able to offer farmers technical expertise in conservation planning and design for a variety...
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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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Ames Water Treatment Plant Tour – March 23

Ames Water Treatment Plant Tour – March 23

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 as the Superintendent of the plant and a plant Engineer led the group around the plant in groups. The $75 million plant will continue providing "award-winning" clean drinking water to the citizens of Ames. They showed off the various treatment bays that will treat up to 15 million gallons per day, increasing the capacity from the maximum of 12 million that the expansion to the old plant provided. Drinking water in Ames is from ground water sources, which is in the form of several wells located in the area. The process of water treatment includes cascade aeration, lime softening, chloramination, filtration, and fluoridation. Because the plant is still under construction,...
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