On The Radio – Upper Cedar Watershed tour highlights benefits of watershed management practices

The spokesperson for the Iowa Watersheds Project explains progress and the work the Iowa Flood Center has done to farmers. (Jenna Ladd/CGRER)

Cora Bern-Klug | September 12, 2016

Transcript: The Iowa Flood Center wrapped up the final phase of its Upper Cedar River Watershed Project with a tour of watershed management demonstration sites in the Floyd and Chickasaw counties last week.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The tour showcased completed flood prevention and water quality improvement projects along the Upper Cedar watershed. Ponds and wetlands were constructed on private lands as part of the Iowa Flood Center’s Iowa Watersheds Project, which received one point five million dollars in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in two thousand and thirteen.

Beginning at the Colwell Community Center in Cowell, Iowa, attendants were bused to three separate watershed projects on the private lands in the area. Landowners received cost share assistance from the Iowa Flood Center to construct projects that reduce flooding and improve water quality.

After the tour, participants enjoyed a light dinner and attended the Upper Cedar Watershed Management Authority Meeting. At the meeting, officials from the Iowa Watersheds Project presented final updates on the impacts the built projects had on creek flow and water quality downstream.

For more information about the Iowa Watersheds Project’s work across the state and upcoming Iowa Flood Center Initiatives, visit iowaenvironmentalfocus.org

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.

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