Rare Lake Sturgeon Spawning in the Upper Iowa River

Decorah Fish Hatchery Natural Resource Technician Chris Larson is sharing a story with decorahnews.com about a lake sturgeon caught by  Rob Griffith of Urbandale, Iowa: Griffith caught the fish in the Upper Iowa River on May 5th.  Lake sturgeon are

Trout Fishing is Big Business in the Driftless Area

Trout streams in Northeast Iowa bring in significant visitor spending, according to a new economic impact study released last week. Iowa DNR Director Chuck Gipp, Northeast Iowa RC&D Executive Director Lora Friest, and Trout Unlimited’s Duke Welner spoke at report’s

Water Sampling Season Begins

It’s spring in Northeast Iowa–time again to begin collecting samples for water quality analysis. Since 2004, volunteers have been going out once a month from April to November to collect samples at 30 locations along the Upper Iowa River and

In the News: Watershed Planning Underway

The Upper Iowa Watershed Management Authority recently kicked-off a process to develop a 20-year plan for increasing resiliency to flooding along the Upper Iowa River and its tributaries. The planning process, led by Northeast Iowa RC&D, is part of a

Online Tools: The Daily Erosion Project

The Daily Erosion Project (DEP) estimates precipitation, runoff, sheet and rill erosion, and hillslope delivery in near real time, on over 2000 watersheds in the Midwest (Figure 1). It does this by running the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model

$96.9 million Iowa Watershed Approach shifts into high gear

Cities, counties, and other groups are organizing regional watershed management authorities (WMAs) and hiring project coordinators as the Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA), a $96.9 million program, enters its first official year and kicks off work to reduce flood risks and

Prairie: The Ultimate Sandbag

Laura Jackson, Director – Tallgrass Prairie Center, University of Northern Iowa From the Fall 2016 Issue of the Tallgrass Prairie Center Newsletter. Recent floods this fall remind us that our region is shockingly vulnerable—but we are responding by getting good at

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