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
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
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
Residents and landowners in the Upper Wapsi Watershed are invited to a series of Public Meeting Open Houses.
Who might want to come? Anyone who is interested in…
- Keeping communities and landowners in the Upper Wapsi protected from flooding.
- Sustaining clean water.
- Learning about urban conservation practices that can beautify communities and help better manage stormwater to reduce flood risk.
- Exploring the many ways farmers & landowners are already practicing conservation on rural land–and considering opportunities to increase impactful conservation.
- Sharing their own perspective on the watershed–what they value, what they’re concerned about, and what they want to do to make the Upper Wapsi more resilient.
The Open Houses are scheduled for:
November 16th – New Hampton Public Library – 1:00-2:30pm
November 20th – Bremer County ISU Extension Office in Tripoli – 1:00-2:30pm
November 30th – Riceville Public Library – 7:00-8:30pm
December 6th – Independence Public Library – 7:00-8:30pm
No RSVP required, but if you have questions or want to let us know you’re coming, please contact Megan at Northeast Iowa RC&D: firstname.lastname@example.org, 563-864-7112.
We hope to see you at one of the open houses!
Rain gardens utilize good soil and deep-rooted plants to infiltrate runoff from a smaller area, such as a roof, driveway, or a section of street or parking lot. Often rain gardens are beautifully landscaped with brightly colored flowers that attract butterflies and other pollinators. Properly constructed rain gardens are in the natural path of runoff and are slightly depressed, but designed to infiltrate ponded water in under 24 hours. Check out Rainscaping Iowa’s rain garden resources to learn more!
Rain gardens are another urban stormwater best management practice (BMP) you may want to consider using at home, at your business, or in your community! To learn more about urban stormwater BMPs check out Rainscaping Iowa, a project of the Iowa Storm Water Education Partnership.
Areas of the Upper Wapsi Watershed experienced severe flash flooding in July, prompting a presidential disaster declaration. Check out the video, shared by Bremer County Emergency Management, of flooding in the community of Sumner.
Elaine Hughes prepares to draw samples from Buffalo Creek near Quasqueton.
A couple of times a month, volunteers collect water samples from streams, creeks and the Wapsipinicon River. Samples are sent to Coe College, where they are tested for nitrates, phosphorous, chlorine, sulfate and total suspended solids.
Monitoring is a critical component of improving water quality. As the Upper Wapsi WMA sets improvement goals, the data collected can help them identify the most critical problems in the watershed and prioritize effective solutions.
The Plum Creek Bike & Nature Trail was under water on Easter Sunday.
Heavy spring rains contributed to sodden fields, washed-out bridges and overflowing creeks in the Upper Wapsipinicon watershed over the weekend.
Together the partners in the Upper Wapsi WMA are creating a plan to reduce the risk of flooding in the watershed.