The Strength and Power of Public Support

Public support can do wonderful things and we are witnessing its strength during this COVID-19 pandemic. We are seeing people come together as seamstresses make masks, distilleries make hand sanitizers, and manufacturers retool to make personal protective equipment (PPE). Social distancing, no large groups, and wearing masks are our new "normal." Hopefully there will be a vaccine soon to eradicate this virus. Re-reading the Winter edition of The Lincoln Highway Forum https://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/forum/, our attention was drawn to an article written in 1914 by Henry B. Joy, President of the Lincoln Highway Association. He talks about public support for the Lincoln Highway and commented that the Highway helped spur the improved road movement for two reasons: 1) It was a definite accomplishment with a "real, tangible goal towards which to work as well as crystallizing scattered efforts." 2) It was a monumental tribute to "our martyred president." The 3,400 miles of road was in need of improvements and Carl Fisher, the idea man behind...
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Together We Can Continue Our Work! – #GivingTuesdayNow

During our 20th year as an organization, our work is more important than ever. This recent pandemic reminds us of how important life is and the steps we need to take to improve the environment while helping communities in Central Iowa and along the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway. Tuesday, May 5th is #GivingTuesdayNow a global day of unity and giving. Your donation to Prairie Rivers of Iowa will go a long way towards helping us continue our hard work towards economic development through the restoration and conservation of Iowa’s cultural and natural resources! Please visit us at https://bit.ly/GivingTuesdayNowPRI and consider a one-time gift or a scheduled monthly donation. Working together we’ll get through this pandemic while continuing the work to improve water and soil quality while increasing pollinator habitat in Central Iowa. Your gift can also help in our work towards preserving communities, attractions, and small businesses along the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway. To learn more about how you can help, visit http://www.prrcd.org/donations/ or contact us at prrcd@prrcd.org or by calling (515) 232-0048. We...
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Prairie Rivers of Iowa Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Program Receives National Scenic Byway Interpretation Award

The National Scenic Byway Foundation whose mission is to empower, strengthen and sustain byways has awarded the 2020 Organization Award for Interpretation to Prairie Rivers of Iowa and its Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway (LHHB) program. In the announcement, the foundation cited Prairie Rivers of Iowa’s use of interpretive panels across the state that enhance visitor experiences while traveling the byway. "We’re honored to receive the award. This project started five years ago with two panels and now to date, we’ve created 20 panels throughout the communities of Westside, Jefferson, Scranton, Grand Junction, Ogden, Nevada, Montour and Tama. Our immediate goal is to install at least one interpretive panel in each of the 43 communities the Lincoln Highway connects with in Iowa,” says Prairie Rivers of Iowa LHHB Coordinator Janice Gammon. One of the most recently installed panels honors the first Field Secretary of the Lincoln Highway Association Henry Ostermann who lost his life on the highway near Montour, Iowa in 1920. “The more I...
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20 Ways to Reduce Nutrient Loss On Farms

In honor of Prairie Rivers of Iowa's 20th anniversary, here's a list of 20 conservation practices that can be used on the farm to reduce the amount of excess nutrients entering the groundwater including links to more information from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Clean Water Iowa program.     BIOREACTOR SATURATED BUFFER WETLANDS DRAINWATER MANAGEMENT STREAM BUFFER SHALLOW DRAINAGE PERENNIAL CROPS  EXTENDED CROP ROTATION LAND RETIREMENT WETLANDS COVER CROPS SIDEDRESSING SPRING-APPLIED NITROGEN NUTRIENT SOURCE SOIL-TEST P P PLACEMENT SITE-SPECIFIC P MANAGEMENT NO-TILL/STRIP-TILL NITRIFICATION INHIBITOR NITROGEN APPLICATION RATE  ...
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Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Spring 2020

Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Spring 2020

There are signs of spring 2020 along the Lincoln Highway! In some places, snow has melted away and some flowers are busting through the soil. That means spring is just around the corner. Home and Garden Shows are being held in many communities across Iowa. Also Camping and Boating shows! These types of events get people excited for warmer weather and for the eventual summer.   Also check our our Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Recreation and Camping brochure for ideas of where you can go along our route and enjoy the outdoors.  https://www.prrcd.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/10-18.UPD-Camp26RecBrochure.pdf What preparations are you making for spring? Cleaning closets? Raking the yard? Perusing garden catalogs and magazines? Getting your fishing gear ready? We all know that Thursday, March 19th is the first official day of spring, but, as Iowans, we know it can still snow in April and be chilly in May. What can we do in preparation in the meantime for the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway to get ready for...
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KHOI interview with Story County Community Foundation and Prairie Rivers of Iowa Executive Director Penny Brown Huber

Story County Community Foundation Director Sunni Kamp recently talked with Prairie Rivers of Iowa Executive Director Penny Brown Huber about our past and present progress towards our Watersheds and Waterways work and Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway management during KHOI Community Radio's local talk. We'd especially want to thank the foundation for recently awarding us a grant that will help us further our water quality monitoring in the South Skunk Watershed! Click to listen. Interview starts at the 13:50 mark. ...
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Prairie Rivers of Iowa Joins Fifth Annual “Imagine a Day Without Water” to Raise Awareness about the Value of Water

October 23, 2019, Ames, IA – Today, Ames based Prairie Rivers of Iowa has joined elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, educators, and businesses from across the country as part of the fifth annual Imagine a Day Without Water, a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value of water. Led by the Value of Water Campaign, a thousand organizations across the country will raise awareness about not taking water for granted and the crucial need for investment in our nation’s water systems. Prairie Rivers of Iowa has joined with Imagine a Day Without Water to draw attention to building a healthy watershed for clean drinking water, improved natural habitats, outdoor recreation and agricultural production in the South Skunk River Basin. “Clean water is not only vital to public health in our local communities, but also for maintaining a healthy habitat for all of our local species.  Prairie Rivers is dedicated to promoting all the benefits that clean water has...
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Iowa State University Researcher Joins Prairie Rivers of Iowa

David Stein of Ames, Iowa has joined Prairie Rivers of Iowa Resource Conservation and Development as the watershed program coordinator replacing former coordinator Kayla Bergman. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Drake University and a Master of Science in Ecology from Iowa State University. Stein’s passionate regarding conservation issues in Iowa and loves teaching others about the unique ecosystems found in the state. He previously worked as a researcher at both Iowa State and Tufts Universities primarily on prairie restoration and pollinator conservation in Iowa, Missouri and Central Maryland with five years of experience in the field. “I’m very excited to be using my knowledge as both a researcher and conservationist to improve Central Iowa’s natural resources,” relates Stein. “We’re excited about David joining our staff and bringing his expertise to our watershed work.  Prairie Rivers of Iowa continues to provide leadership in watershed planning, education for the public around soil health and water quality and supporting our...
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Wetland Conservation Field Day “Wetlands, Wet Times Conservation Practices and Programs” – June 26, 2019

On June 26th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Prairie Rivers of Iowa will be hosting a conservation field day event at the Hamilton County Kamrar Wildlife Area one mile west of Kamrar, IA at 2704 Lockwood Ave.. Kamrar, IA 50132.  This event is a chance for property owners to learn more about the solutions and assistance needed in regards to the effects that wet weather can have on their land. Representatives from Prairie Rivers of Iowa, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), the Hamilton County Conservation Board, the Iowa Agricultural Mitigation Bank, Legacy Learning Boone River Valley and Pheasants Forever will be presenting and answering questions. The free event will be held outdoors and will be moved indoors to the Hamilton County Conservation Board Headquarters at Briggs Woods Park in case of bad weather. Be sure to RSVP to Forestry and Land Management Specialist Mike Brandrup @mbrandrup@prrcd.org and stop by! P R O G R A...
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Squaw Creek Water Quality Testing Snapshot

On Saturday May 18 along with the Squaw Creek Watershed Coalition, Ames High students and local volunteers Prairie Rivers of Iowa conducted a water quality testing "snapshot" in Squaw Creek and its tributaries. Nitrate, phosphorus, chloride, clarity and other water quality benchmarks were measured. A special thank you to all the volunteers for your help working towards water quality for everyone in the watershed down to the Gulf of Mexico! ...
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