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New Northeast Iowa Urban Stormwater Demonstration Site Now Open!

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Now Open!

This summer, construction of several innovative urban stormwater conservation practices was completed as a part of a new Regional Urban Stormwater Demonstration Site at Northeast Iowa RC&D. The site, across from City Hall in Postville, Iowa, provides real-life examples of several different urban stormwater conservation practices, which were installed as a part of a partnership between the City of Postville, Northeast Iowa RC&D, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Alliant Energy, and others. It features several urban conservation practices, including rain gardens, bio-swales, soil amendments, and tree plantings, as well as bilingual interpretation depicting each practice. Each of the practices works independently and in tandem to reduce flooding and improve water quality but perhaps more importantly, the site is an outdoor classroom for community leaders, teachers and students from around the region. The RC&D has also developed correlating lesson plans and hand-on learning for teachers and students who visit the site

Reducing Cost and Flood Impacts on the Farm with Ray Archuleta

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Field day event hosted by the Tainter Creek Farmer-Led Watershed Council with an evening event on July 25th 6 pm – 9:30 (Meal provided)

Field day is July 26th 10 am – 4 pm at Woodhill Farms                                                                   S7589 Tainter Hollow Rd. Viroqua, WI 54665

See the full information here Ray Archuleta Event Flyer

Bremer County Field Day: New Iowa Flood Center Weather Forecast Flood and Drought

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Working with the Iowa Flood Center (IFC), Bremer County now has their very own IFC Weather Station to help forecast floods and droughts, plus up to the minute data on soil moisture and temperature, groundwater, etc.  This data can be accessed by citizens via the internet 24/7,  with updates every 15 minutes.  This is one of the earliest in the state, with some day plans are to cover all 99 counties.  You can see readings at 2”-4”-8” and 20 inches.  This is a vital link in the statewide IFC project to monitor and protect our communities and resources for both urban and rural citizens.

How does it work……how do I access it…how does it affect communities and farms?  On Wednesday, June 6th at 1:30 pm in the Bremer County ISU Extension and Outreach office in Tripoli is co-hosting with the Iowa Flood Center, a field day to explain and demonstrate this unique technology that uses satellite technology to help forecast possible events.  It’s free and open to the public.  After a short program, we will drive to the Greg Eschweiler farm east of town to both observe and learn how someone with a smartphone or computer can access this and other units.

For more information on this field day check out the attached link below.

Bremer County Field Day