Cruse and gully erosion in the spotlight

Gully_ErosionThe April Iowa Learning Farms webinar featured Iowa State University Agronomy Professor Rick Cruse, who talked about ephemeral gully erosion in Iowa. He stated in his presentation that ephemeral gully erosion isn’t accounted for in statewide erosion models and that Iowa is losing more soil than we think when it is carried downstream by rivers and streams.


The webinar sparked media attention: a story on the front page of the Sunday Des Moines Register (May 3 edition) and then the Associated Press. The story has been picked up in papers across the country including the Miami Herald, The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC, Houston Chronicle,  the Omaha World Herald and an Idaho Falls TV station.

Rick will be interviewed tomorrow, May 8, on River to River, an Iowa Public Radio show that airs at Noon daily. If you want listen to the interview, you can find a nearby station here.

• Read the Des Moines Register article here.

• The Iowa Environmental Council blogged about the topic, too.

• If you missed the webinar, you can watch the archived session here.

Talk about soil erosion is sure getting around! We hope that landowners will take the necessary steps to control it!

-Carol Brown

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