February 2023 - eNews

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The MR Water Monitoring Committee ( made up of steadfast volunteers) have collected stream samples since 2019. Like clockwork, they monitor on three different days, at the 45 locations around the watershed then get the samples to the lab for testing. To showcase the past 4 years of data, an infographic (pictured above) was created to capture the data, highlight the maps and to be shared. As we plan for the upcoming Water Sampling 2023 season, we are having a Planning Meeting on Wednesday, February 22nd at 10am. If interested in joining please email Erin at the link below to receive Zoom link.

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Work continues at Camp Courageous

In collaboration with DNR, Camp Courageous is working on completing a Source Water Protection Plan (SWP) for the property. This exciting continuation of the University of Iowa fall 2021 Potable Water Master Plan, will aid camp in preventing contaminants from entering public drinking water sources. Find out more about DNRs SWP- here

A work in progress

Iowa’s watershed management authorities are impactful. But they need funding.

There is no long-term, stable financial support for such entities, creating unmet demand for local conservation practices.

Iowa’s watershed management authorities are making positive impacts — but they need more funding, according to a recent Center for Rural Affairs report.

The Iowa Legislature first enabled watershed management authorities in 2010 following the 2008 flood. They are agreements between cities, counties and soil and water conservation districts that coordinate water quality improvement and flood mitigation efforts with landowners in watersheds — or areas where water drains into a common water body.

Iowa’s 27 existing watershed management authorities cover 40 percent of the state. Across the board, they have received a patchwork of funding from all levels of government, along with community support.

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Upcoming Events

Luminary Hike

Prairie Creek Recreation Area, Jackson County

Friday, March 3, 2023

Luminary Hike

Friday, March 3 from 6:00-7:30 PM

At Prairie Creek Recreation Area

Let luminaries light your way along the trails as you enjoy a walk after dark at the park.

Dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes. The trail may have snow or ice. 

Registration required by calling (563) 652-3783 or emailing jwagner@jacksoncounty.iowa.gov. 

RSVP for Soil Health Event

Upcoming Deadlines

NRCS Announces Next Conservation Program Funding Cycle Ending March 17

DES MOINES, IA, Feb. 17, 2023 - Iowa farmers interested in implementing new conservation practices on their farms have until March 17 to apply for the next round of Farm Bill program assistance through USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), including first-time funding through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

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USDA Announces General Conservation Reserve Program Signup for 2023

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that agricultural producers and private landowners can begin applying for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General signup starting February 27 through April 7, 2023. CRP is a cornerstone voluntary conservation program offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and a key tool in the Biden-Harris administration’s effort to address climate change and help agricultural communities invest in the long-term well-being of their land and natural resources.   

Producers and landowners enrolled more than 5 million acres into CRP through signups in 2022, building on the acceptance of more than 3.1 million acres in the largest Grassland CRP signup in history. There are currently 23 million acres enrolled in CRP, with 1.9 million set to expire this year. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is aiming to reach the 27-million-acre cap statutorily set for fiscal year 2023.  

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Come Join the Frog and Toad Call Survey!

Calling all wildlife watchers! The Iowa DNR will be hosting four frog and toad call survey training workshops in 2023; 2 in person and 2 live online via Zoom. These workshops are for anybody interested in getting involved in Iowa's Frog and Toad Call Survey which has been collecting data on our state's amphibians for over 30 years! Prospective surveyors must attend one of the four scheduled workshops. 

Register here

A note from Limestone Bluffs RC&D:

Stephanie Sagers, Executive Director- email: ssagers@limestonebluffsrcd.org, office: 563.221.1930

" At the end of January I attended the Women, Land and Legacy: Jones and Delawares listening session. I really enjoyed connecting with other women who all have various backgrounds and outlets to resources. I had also attended the one in Jackson County and both offered different positive takeaways! "-Stephanie Sagers

To follow the local chapter Woman, Land and Legacy: Jones and Delaware: on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WLLJonesDelawareIowa or the WLL Program website link below.

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As always, if you have suggestions please email us at erin@limestonebluffsrcd.org

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