Landowners, farmers and the general public are invited to attend an upcoming meeting on the Upper Iowa River Watershed’s efforts to reduce flooding and improve water quality across the UIR Watershed. The meeting will be held July 20th at 4:00pm at the Winneshiek County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) Office at 2296 Oil Well Road in Decorah.
The UIR Watershed Management Authority is participating in the Iowa Watershed Approach: a state-wide effort to work at the local level to reduce flood risk—work that feels particularly timely less than a year after many families, business owners, farmers, and communities experienced severe flooding along the Upper Iowa River.
“The July 20th meeting will be a chance for people to learn more about projects and planning to reduce flooding and improve water quality in our watershed,” said Matt Frana, Upper Iowa River Watershed Coordinator.
“Participation Iowa Watershed Approach projects is voluntary—so this is also an opportunity for us to hear from landowners what issues they’re experiencing with water and flooding, and to gauge interest in adopting targeted conservation practices that address issues and prevent problems downstream.”
The meeting is co-sponsored by Winneshiek County SWCD, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Northeast Iowa RC&D and the Upper Iowa River Watershed Management Authority (WMA). Participants can expect to learn about upcoming projects, long-term planning in the watershed, and find out more about an innovative conservation practice—tall grass prairie strips.
For more information visit www.upperiowariver.org or call Megan Buckingham at Northeast Iowa RC&D at 563-864-7112, or Matt Frana, UIR Watershed Coordinator at the Winneshiek County SWCD at 563-382-4352 x3.