A Note From the Watershed and Waterways Program Coordinator
by David Stein

Thank you all for joining us for the Prairie Rivers of Iowa newsletter.  This year has been filled with new challenges, but also several successes. The watershed team’s work on the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant has continued to produce several great results for conservation here in Central Iowa.…..read more

 A Note From the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Coordinator
by Janice Gammon

This has been a strange year for our Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway program as it has been for all of America and the world. COVID-19 brought everything to a screeching halt about mid-March. Quarantines, limited travel, closed borders, and everyone was to stay home. Restaurants were closed to dine-in and many struggled to make ends meet as they shifted to carry out and/or delivery. Museums and other attractions closed. Hotels became ghost towns.  …..read more

Welcome Our New Staff!

Please welcome our latest additions to our staff. Nan Bonfil joins us as event coordinator and Daniel Huber as technology assistant.
To learn more about Nan click here. 
To learn more about Daniel click here.


Board Member Spotlight

David Andrews grew up on a diversified grain and livestock family farm operation near Melbourne, Iowa where he continues an active management role. He’s done agricultural consulting work in Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Tanzania and has managed large agricultural projects in Romania and the Philippines.…..read more

Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Projects Underway
by Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Coordinator Janice Gammon

Our focus this year is to continue with our Interpretive Master Plan and we have a big related project in the works. We do mean BIG. The Harrison County Historical Village and Welcome Center asked us to re-design an outdoor interpretive panel that was deteriorating.
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Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Wins National Award

The Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway managed by Prairie Rivers of Iowa has won the 2020 Byway Organization Interpretation Award bestowed by the National Scenic Byway Foundation. Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Coordinator Janice Gammon and others have been invited to represent the byway for the award presentation at the Heartland Byway Conference for October 27-29 in Leavenworth Kansas.  .……read more

The Prairie Rivers of Iowa Native Seed Bank Experiment
by Watershed Coordinator David Stein

The newest project from the watershed team was the implementation of a native seed bank for the community to use. The premise was simple, Prairie Rivers of Iowa would provide free native seeds to local residents to use toward conservation, as long as they signed a contract promising to plant the seeds.  .……read more

Volunteers Join in on Water Quality Testing This Spring
by Watershed Educator Dan Haug

It turns out that stream monitoring is quite compatible with social distancing. Twenty-eight volunteers participated in the Squaw Creek Watershed Coalition’s 13th Spring Water Quality Snapshot on May 30 and 31.  .……read more

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