Story County Conservation partnered with Prairie Rivers of Iowa to design and install 50 watershed signs and 105 creek signs on county roads to raise awareness of our water resources. More details about the project can be found here.
The Story County Board of Supervisors commissioned a countywide assessment of Story County’s small (HUC-12) watersheds, completed by Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc. in December 2017. Prairie Rivers of Iowa’s role on the project was to identify suitable locations for conservation practices in these watersheds using the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF). Between this project and an NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant completed in 2018, we have mapped conservation opportunities across 728,144 acres! Check out this interactive webmap to see what might be possible on your farm or in your area.
Story County SWCD Annual Reports
With the support of the Story County Supervisors, Prairie Rivers of Iowa helped the Story County Soil & Water Conservation District create eye-catching annual reports in 2017 and 2018. The excellent work that district staff and commissioners do to facilitate conservation on the landscape and educate the public often flies under the radar; we hope to raise their profile.
Conservation Collaboration Grant
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.
Community Native Seed Bank
As part of a new initiative to put conservation directly in the hands of local citizens, Prairie Rivers of Iowa will be maintaining a seed bank for native plants. So far we have 10 species available with plenty of room to grow! For more information about making deposits and withdrawals contact the watershed coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-232-0048.