Residents of Ames, Gilbert, Story City, Roland, Randall, and the surrounding areas are encouraged to attend of our upcoming listening sessions concerning the development of a watershed management plan to address water quality and other issues in the Keigley Branch and the South Skunk River.


March 12, 2018: Lakeview Cabin, Little Wall Lake, Jewell, 3:00-6:00 PM

The community meeting at Little Wall Lake Park will take place in the Lakeview Cabin. Hamilton County Conservation and Prairie Rivers of Iowa are teaming up for this open house and public input opportunity. Hamilton County residents are invited to stop by and see the cabin, view information about ongoing projects, and voice their ideas and concerns regarding a watershed plan for the South Skunk River and Keigley Branch. Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers will be on hand during the event to answer questions, along with Prairie Rivers of Iowa Board President and HCCB member Jim Richardson and Mike Brandrup, a fellow HCCB member and the Prairie Rivers of Iowa Forestry and Land Management Specialist.

 


 

February 9, 2018: McFarland Park, Ames, 5:30-6:30 PM

The McFarland Park listening session will take place at the Story County Conservation Center in McFarland Park. Story County Supervisor Rick Sanders will open the session with an introduction to the project and the work happening throughout Story County. Members of the Story County Conservation staff will review the recommendations highlighted in the South Skunk River Water Trail Plan, and there will be time for open discussion between presenters and members of the public.

More information can be found here.


November 13, 2017: Fairview Lodge, Story City, 5:00-6:00 PM

The Story City listening session will take place at the Fairview Lodge. The program will include a presentation on issues in the watershed and time for open discussion.

More information can be found here.


October 30, 2017: Bessey Hall, Iowa State University, 6:00-7:00 PM

This Ames-area listening session will take place in 2226 Bessey Hall on the Iowa State University campus (2200 Osborn Drive, Ames). The Iowa State University Soil and Water Conservation Club is partnering with Prairie Rivers to organize this event. Jim Colbert, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, will speak about his work with the Skunk River Navy.

Participants can park for free after 5:30 PM in the General Staff areas: Lot 41 (by the Greenhouses) or Lot 50 (by Kinesiology).

More information can be found here.


October 23, 2017: Gilbert City Hall, 6:00-7:00 PM

The Gilbert listening session will take place in the Franklin Community Room at Gilbert City Hall. The program will include a presentation on issues in the watershed and time for open discussion. Cara Rinehart, biology teacher at Gilbert High School, and her students will present findings from their biological monitoring project on Keigley Branch and other local streams.

More information can be found here.


Additional listening sessions will be scheduled for this winter in Story City and Hamilton County.

If you have any questions or would like more information about these and upcoming listening sessions, please contact Watershed Educator Dan Haug at 515-232-0048 or dhaug@prrcd.org.