Soil & Water Conservation Week: April 29-May 6

Next week the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) will celebrate Soil and Water Conservation Week. They are hosting several Iowa events, joining in National Stewardship Week, sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts. This year’s theme is “Soil to Spoon.”

Read the press release.

The Conservation Station will be in Des Moines on Monday, April 30 to participate in the Ice Cream Social and Food Bank of Iowa Fundraiser. The event is on the West Terrace of the capitol building from 11:00 am.-1:00 pm.

From the IDALS website: “Bring your own bowl to this ice cream social to benefit the Food Bank of Iowa, and participate in hands-on natural resource demonstrations as we kickstart the week! On-site will be the Iowa Learning Farms Conservation Station demonstrating the effects of rainfall on undisturbed soils with a variety of soil covers and impervious and porous surfaces; a stream table to shows how sediment, vegetation, and flowing water interact in a dynamic stream system; and a ground water flow model demonstration.”

Other Iowa events this week:

Tuesday, May 1
Rathbun Watershed Field Day
5:30 pm, Kevin and Lori Luedtke Farm, 44935 270th Avenue, Chariton, IA 50049

Come out to this working farm and see what soil and water conservation in the rural landscape is all about. The Luedtke farm will provide a scenic backdrop as you hear from Rathbun Lake Protectors about their work in the watershed. Over 354,000 acres across six southern Iowa counties drain into the Rathbun Lake. The lake itself is 11,000 acres and provides drinking water to approximately 80,000 people in southern Iowa and northern Missouri as the primary source of water for the Rathbun Regional Water Association.

Thursday, May 3
Downtown Des Moines Urban Conservation Tour
1:00-3:00 pm, Starting at the Iowa Utilities Board, 1375 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319

Ever wonder what urban conservation is all about? Join us on this tour that will feature urban conservation at three different properties in Des Moines. Bioretention cells, native landscaping, permeable paving, rain gardens, and a green roof – all in your capitol city. The tour will begin at the Iowa Utilities Board building, before moving on to the Cathedral Church of St. Paul and finally, Green and Main. Hosted by the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District.

Friday, May 4
Scott County Urban Conservation Showcase
2:00-3:30 pm, Daveport Public Works, 1200 East 46th Street, Davenport, IA

The Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Partners of Scott County Watersheds will showcase how urban conservation practices have been implemented within the cities of Davenport and Bettendorf. See a demonstration of bioretention cells, which are utilized for capture and infiltration of stormwater runoff.

Next week (or every week!) at your dinner table, pause to appreciate the water and soil (and people) that grew your meal.

-ILF

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