Secretary Naig Encourages Farmers, Landowners to Apply Now for Cost Share Funding to Implement Water Quality Practices

DES MOINES, Iowa (May 5, 2020) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced that farmers and landowners can now sign up for cost share funds through the Water Quality Initiative. The funds can be used to help install conservation practices that improve soil health and water quality, including cover crops, no-till/strip-till practices or a nitrification inhibitor.

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Donate to PSCW through Birdies for Charity!

PSCW is participating in Birdies for Charity! Please consider donating to help us provide monthly educational forums to the public, test the water quality of 60 sites in Scott County, and provide technical assistance to citizens looking to improve their water management practices! Our charity number is 2299, and you can donate here: https://birdiesforcharity.com/donate https://birdiesforcharity.com/files/pdf/Chipin_2020web_Fillable_Address_page1.pdf

GoFundMe Campaign

We are searching for funds to continue running our Snapshot volunteer water quality monitoring events to their full potential! This includes purchasing enough materials for 10-15 monitoring kits and costs for lab analysis. We appreciate your support! https://www.gofundme.com/f/water-quality-monitoring

Spring Snapshot Canceled

The PSCW Board has decided to cancel the Spring Snapshot volunteer water quality monitoring event, in the likelihood that CDC social distancing recommendations will be extended past April 30. The summer Snapshot is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 from 8-12 at the Eldridge Community Center. Stay tuned to PSCW’s website, social media, and email list

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Water Quality Lessons at Home!

Water Rocks! has launched The Monday Mix, a new multimedia e-newsletter providing conservation and water quality education materials and activities for school-age youth who are suddenly “learning from home.” Click here to learn more.

#FridaysOnTheFarm

Check out this amazing water quality improvement story! The Fletcher Gulch Watershed consists of 6,500 acres. The lower half of the watershed is irrigated cropland, and the upper half is rangeland. The drainage enters the Old Owyhee Ditch, a tributary to the Owyhee and Snake rivers. “We knew we had a problem with water quality,

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Conservation Best Practices Manual Available for Free Download

The Conservation Learning Group has published the Whole Farm Conservation Best Practices Manual to aid farmers in selecting conservation measures appropriate for their farms. Designed primarily for farmers just starting out through three years of adopting conservation practices, the manual provides a broad range of information that could be beneficial to any producer. The manual is available

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#FridaysOnTheFarm

This Friday meet Martha Neale, of Windmist Farm in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Martha operates the farm with her husband, George, raising beef cattle, goats, sheep, pastured pork, and layer hens. The land has been in their family since the early 1960s.  Continue reading here.