Prairie Rivers of Iowa Watersheds & Waterways Team has partnered with the Story County Board of Supervisors and Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc. to do an assessment on all of the HUC-12 watersheds in Story County that are not already a part of the Squaw Creek Watershed project and the Keigley-Branch Watershed project. There are 18 HUC-12 watersheds that are being assessed, which included water quality monitoring data collection, streambank stability, and modeling of conservation practices in the watersheds using the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF). This project will be complete in December of 2017.
Story County Conservation has partnered with Prairie Rivers of Iowa to work on installing stream crossing signs and “Now entering [name] watershed” signs in the county. This project began in the fall of 2017 with research, case studies, design, and logistics; and will continue into 2018 with sign installation and fundraising.
Story County Soil & Water Conservation District has partnered with Prairie Rivers of Iowa to develop an annual report for the district. This project comes from the Story County Supervisors supporting the great work of the district’s staff and commissioners – and expanding their 2017 budget to do an annual report. This project will be completed in early 2018.
Women Food and Agriculture Network has partnered with Prairie Rivers of Iowa to assist on implementation of a Conservation Collaboration Grant (NRCS) that is being used to host Women Caring for the LandTM workshops across the state. This is a workshop focused on educating women landowners on soil health and water quality, as well as conservation practice options. Workshops are being held across the state and women landowners are doing conservation plans to make decisions with their tenants about land management on their farms.