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Rainscaping with Youth in the Upper Wapsipinicon Watershed

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Youth visiting a raingarden

By: Margot Dick, IIHR Hydroscience & Engineering Communications Assistant When Angie Auel asked the fifth graders of Fairbank Elementary School about water retention issues in their community, they told her about their basketball court. Whenever rain or snow falls on the court, they said, the space floods, leaving them without a place to play. Auel, […]

Iowa Watershed Approach consults farmers, seeks volunteers

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Storm Lake Pilot Tribune 12/10/2018 — The Iowa Watershed Approach Program is conferring with farmers and landowners, attempting to gather enough land to make conservation initiatives viable with about $2.5 million in grant money. With the highest nitrate concentration of any stream of its size in North America, the North Raccoon River Watershed is the target […]

UI experts, Dubuque officials improve city’s flood resilience one home at a time

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Daily Erosion Project Data Available Now

Ames, Iowa – The Daily Erosion Project, housed at the Iowa Water Center at Iowa State University, is now distributing Iowa Watershed Approach data to watersheds on USB drives. Examining soil erosion is critical to the conservation planning process because soil erosion and water runoff are closely linked: water runoff fuels the occurrence of flooding […]

Geological mapping could help flood relief plans in the future

URBANA, Iowa (KCRG) – What happens upstream of Cedar Rapids can make the flood protection along the Cedar River vary. Farmers’ willingness to divert runoff from the river is also another key factor. Determining the best location for drainage basins or new ponds to slow water runoff could get a boost from what’s called “geological mapping.” […]

New Maps Aid in Flood Management

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Phillip Kerr, geologist with the Iowa Geological Survey

Urbana, Iowa — Scientists from the University of Iowa are conducting new mapping of the ground beneath our feet in the Middle Cedar Watershed. Yesterday, watershed stakeholders met in a rural area southwest of Urbana to catch a glimpse of the action and learn about the importance of geologic mapping for landowners, farmers, private industry, […]