AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms and Upper Wapsipinicon River Watershed Management Authority will host a wetland field day on Wednesday, September 29th from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at a wetland owned by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) near Coggon. The event is free, open to the whole family, and includes a complimentary meal.
Wetlands are an important ecosystem that helps clean and filter water, store water during heavy rain events and provide critical wildlife habitat. The site featured during this field day was recently constructed in partnership with the Iowa DNR within the Upper Wapsipinicon watershed. A goal for the Upper Wapsipinicon Watershed Management Authority is to implement 28 projects, like this wetland, on both private and public properties to help to mitigate flooding in the watershed, while also improving water quality.
Join us for a live conversation with Tori Nimrod and Ross Evelsizer, Upper Wapsipinicon River Watershed Coordinators with Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development, Curt Kemmerer, Iowa DNR wildlife management biologist, Kay Stefanik, Iowa Nutrient Research Center assistant director, and Daniel Jensen, engineer at Shive-Hattery Inc. Architecture & Engineering who helped design the wetland.
The field day will be held northeast of Coggon and located 1/2 mile south of 325th Street on 120th Avenue. From Coggon, head west on D62/Coggon Rd for 1.6 miles. Turn north on Quality Ridge Road for 1 mile. Continue north on 120th Avenue for 1 mile. The wetland will be on the west side of the road and marked with field day signs.
The workshop is free and open to the whole family, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. For reasonable accommodations and to RSVP please contact Liz Ripley at 515-294-5429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iowa Learning Farms field days and workshops are supported by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit www.iowalearningfarms.org.
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319) and GROWMARK, Inc.
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