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Soil & Water Conservation Week starting

Apr 26, 2018

Iowa is celebrating 77 years of Soil & Water Conservation Week from Sunday through May 6.

The theme for this year is “Watersheds; Our Water, Our Home!”

According to Miranda Haes, Lower Skunk River Watershed Project coordinator, most people use a watershed for drinking water and many recreational activities, such as canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, swimming, hunting, birding, and more.

“Everyone lives in and is part of a watershed,” Haes said.

The Fairfield community currently has a watershed project underway. The Lower Skunk River Water Quality & Soil Health Initiative is part of the Nutrient Reduction Strategy and Water Quality Initiative for the state of Iowa. The project area spans into the counties of Henry, Jefferson, Lee and Van Buren. It focuses on the importance of nutrient reduction practices by providing cost share for edge-of-field practices, soil grid sampling, cover crops, and nutrient management applications.

The Lower Skunk River Watershed Project is presently working on a watershed management plan to identify potential problem areas, suggest solutions, and construct a strategy for putting the actions in place. The plan will be completed by this summer.

The project will host a grazing field day along with Iowa State University Extension 5-8 p.m. June 6. Details will be announced later.

Haes suggested something to do in the watershed and to observe Soil & Water Conservation Week is to plant something in a bare spot on the ground. Plants prevent soil erosion which leads to soil being moved through the watershed into lakes and rivers. Everyone can take part in cleaning up the waterways.

For information, contact Henry, Jefferson, Lee or Van Buren Soil & Water Conservation Districts or Haes at 319-385-2824 Ext. 3, in the Henry County SWCD office.

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