Welcome Cassie!!

Join us in welcoming our new PSCW Coordinator Cassie!!

Cassie Druhl is the new Coordinator of Partners of Scott County Watersheds, in addition to the Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator at Nahant Marsh. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from Central College and her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Ashford University. Cassie has worked for many educational organizations, including the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center, Ashford University, and Junior Achievement of the Heartland. Outside of work, Cassie enjoys running, biking, kayaking, hiking, and going to as many concerts as she can!

Cassie Druhl Coordinator, Partners of Scott County Watersheds
Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator, Nahant Marsh Education Center
4220 Wapello Ave.
Davenport, IA 52802
(563)-336-3378
cdruhl@eicc.edu

WELCOME CASSIE!!

First Annual Oberholtzer Awards!

Please join us at the Oberholtzer Awards February 23rd!

The purpose of this event is to recognize past, present, and future conservation leaders either from or working in our area who have made significant contributions towards understanding and protecting the natural world. In addition to recognition, the “future” awardee will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

The Oberholtzer Awards will also be a fundraiser for Nahant Marsh, with a keynote by Charity Nebbe, host of Talk of Iowa on Iowa Public Radio, and host of Iowa 

Registration

Pricing:
General Admission: $50
Nahant Marsh Members: $40
Reserved Table for 8 Guests: $500

Each ticket includes a hearty brunch buffet with a mimosa  or a bloody mary.

Reserved tables include a pre-event “coffee talk” with Charity Nebbe.

2019 February Forum

2019 February Forum

The February 12th Forum will feature Ray Wolf

RSVP Required for lunch! $5 Donation requested. An RSVP for the meeting is optional, but appreciated. RSVP to Cassie at cdruhl@eicc.edu

Ray Wolf is the Science and Operations Officer for NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) in Davenport, Iowa. He is responsible for managing operations, staff training, and local research. Prior to arriving in Davenport in 1994, Ray was a forecaster at the NWS office in Denver, CO where he evaluated new forecast and warning science and technologies that formed the basis of the NWS Modernization. He also served as an agricultural forecaster in the Midsouth, supporting farmers and producers in the region with weather and climate information. Ray received an M.S. in Agricultural Climatology in 1985 and a B.S. in Meteorology in 1982 from Iowa State University.

Past and Future Trends in Precipitation in Eastern Iowa

Historical records will be used to show past precipitation trends and put future expectations due to a changing climate in perspective. This will be discussed within the context of impacts and implications for water management.

Partners of Scott County Watersheds Forum will be held Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 at 12pm at the Eastern Avenue Library, 6000 Eastern Ave, Davenport, IA 52807.

2019 Small Farms Winter Webinar Series

Not for Illinois farmers alone! Check out the webinar listing at the link. Starts January 24th!

The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series will provide practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. These online presentations will give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. The complete list of topics and speakers is included below. Webinars will be held from noon -1:00 pm on Thursdays and are free.

https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=19589

October 2018 Forum

October 2018 Forum

October 2018 Forum

The October 16th Forum will feature Chad Dolan – Iowa Turtle Population Status

RSVP Required for lunch! $5 Donation requested. An RSVP for the meeting is optional, but appreciated. RSVP to akay@ci.davenport.ia.us

Iowa Turtle Population Status

Turtles play an important role in our watersheds by cleaning up aquatic systems. This presentation will focus on the life history, ecology, population dynamics, role as indicator species, and influence on water quality of Iowa’s turtle populations. The recently enacted harvest regulations will also be discussed.

Chad Dolan began work with the Iowa DNR in 2008. He holds a B.S. in Biology (Aquatic Science Emphasis) from UW-La Crosse and a M.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries Science from Mississippi State University.

Partners of Scott County Watersheds Forum will be held Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 at 12pm at the Eastern Avenue Library, 6000 Eastern Ave, Davenport, IA 52807.

October 2018 Form Presentation- Turtles 2018

September 2018 Forum

September 2018 Forum

The September 18th Forum will feature Kate Giannini

RSVP Required for lunch!  $5 Donation requested. An RSVP for the meeting is optional, but appreciated. RSVP to akay@ci.davenport.ia.us

The Iowa Watershed Approach: We’re all in!

This presentation will focus on the IWA Flood Mitigation Program and its efforts to make communities more resilient to floods. Key objectives include demonstrating the use of interactive maps and tools for flood management, highlighting the progress towards flood mitigation planning efforts, and modernizing resources to support education and communication about flood risk to communities with a strong emphasis on how important it is to engage partnerships and local communities to have an effective program.

Kate Giannini (Ja-Knee-Knee) joined the Iowa Flood Center team in 2017 and leads outreach, communication, and research activities for the Iowa Watershed Approach at the Iowa Flood Center and serves as liaison between IIHR researchers, IWA partners, and external stakeholders.  Prior to stepping into this role in 2017, Kate gained valuable “boots on the ground” experience by working with landowners, public and private agencies for nearly ten years for the Johnson County Planning, Development and Sustainability Department in partnership with the Johnson County Soil & Water Conservation District. Kate also serves as a Soil Commissioner in Washington County since 2013.

Partners of Scott County Watersheds Forum will be held Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 at 12pm at the Eastern Avenue Library, 6000 Eastern Ave, Davenport, IA 52807.

August 2018 Forum

August 2018 Forum

The August 21st Forum will feature Jason Steele

Jason Steele is the Area Resource Soil Scientist for 20 counties in Southeast Iowa.  He is versed in soils related information and a local expert on Soil health and Cover crops. He has work in the realm of soils for over 17 years and has a variety of soil related jobs within the agency.

Jason is also a landowner and practices good conservation practices including soil health on his own land. He will speak on soil health and its impacts on water quality and crop production.

Partners of Scott County Watersheds Forum will be held Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 12pm at the Eastern Avenue Library, 6000 Eastern Ave, Davenport, IA 52807.

Lunch is available but we ask for a $5 donation if you choose to eat. An RSVP via email is required for lunch. An RSVP for the meeting is optional, but appreciated.

Please RSVP or address questions to Jan McClurg at jan.mcclurg@ia.nacdnet.net.

July 2018 Forum

The July 17th Forum will feature Steve Gustafson

The topic of the presentation will focus on a review of the 15 years of Scott County Snapshot water quality data and discussion of the revised Snapshot plan.

Steve Gustafson, PG is an environmental geologist with 20 years of experience in the private and public sectors. He is Vice-Chair of Partners of Scott County Watersheds, as well on the Boards of Nahant Marsh, the Iowa Groundwater Association, the Bettendorf Natural Resources Committee, the Xstream Water Sampling Team, and the Bi-State Conservation Action Network.

Partners of Scott County Watersheds forum will be held Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 12pm at the Eastern Avenue Library, 6000 Eastern Ave, Davenport, IA 52807.

Lunch is available but we ask for a $5 donation if you choose to eat. An RSVP via email is required for lunch. An RSVP for the meeting is optional, but appreciated.

Please RSVP or address questions to Jan McClurg at jan.mcclurg@ia.nacdnet.net.

July 2018 Forum Presentation – Partners of Scott County Watersheds 7-17-18

June 2018 Forum

June 2018 Forum

Monday, June 18, 2018 – 12:00pm

Note: different date and location this month.

The Monday, June 18th Forum will feature Bob Bryant at Fairmount Street Library

Bob Bryant is a retired Director/naturalist of the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center and former Director of the Clinton County Conservation Board.

When, How and Why The Mississippi River Was Transformed Into A Commercial Highway

Bob’s presentation will take you on a photographic tour of the Upper Mississippi River through the camera lens of Henry Bosse.

In 1874, Bosse was hired by the Army Corps of Engineers as a cartographer to make maps, navigational charts, and plans for levees and channel improvements. In 1882, under the supervision of Rock Island District Engineer Maj. Alexander Mackenzie, Bosse began the ten-year task of surveying and mapping the Upper Mississippi River from the St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis to the confluence of the Illinois River and the Mississippi upstream from St. Louis, MO. Photography was not a part of his assignment, but Bosse took his camera and a supply of glass plates with him.

He took some 300 images of the river, shorelines, bridges, boats, towns, snag removals, installing wing-dams, closing dams and canals. Bosse’s river photos are thought to be the first photographic map of a major river. Bosse printed his photos as blue cyanotypes, using a simple, low cost process to produce cyan blueprints. He bound a good number of his cyanotypes in leather albums to be given to some friends and fellow employees. John Afinson, U.S. Park Service Historian said: “The photos are not static images. They’re an essay of transformation of the Upper Mississippi Valley at the end of the 19th century.”

Partners of Scott County Watersheds forum will be held Monday, June 18, 2018 at 12pm at the Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N Fairmount St, Davenport, IA 52804.

Lunch is available but we ask for a $5 donation if you choose to eat. An RSVP via email is required for lunch. An RSVP for the meeting is optional, but appreciated.

Please RSVP and address questions to Jan McClurg at  jan.mcclurg@ia.nacdnet.net.

May 2018 Forum

May 2018 Forum

The May 15th forum will feature Zach Peterson.

The topic of the presentation will focus on current riverfront planning, design, and construction efforts currently being undertaken by the City to implement the River Vision Plan of 2004 and its 2014 update. Specific areas focus will include River Heritage Park, Veterans Memorial Park, and Main Street Landing.

Zach Peterson, PLA, ASLA is a Licensed Landscape Architect with the Public Works Department of the City of Davenport. Zach brings his cross disciplinary skill set in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture in both the public and private sectors to solve complex design issues across departmental lines for the City. Zach has a passion for riverfront design and is helping shape the 9 nine miles of publicly held riverfront within the City.

Recently Zach received an American Society of Landscape Architects, Iowa Chapter Award of Merit as well as an Eddy Design Award for the Master Plan of River Heritage Park. Continuing this momentum, Zach continues to provide his design expertise toward the development of the future Main Street Landing segment of the Davenport Riverfront.

Zach holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University as well as a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver.  Zach is a native of Davenport, Iowa having previously worked professionally in the Chicago and Denver metro areas.

Partners of Scott County Watersheds forum will be held Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 12pm at the Eastern Avenue Library, 6000 Eastern Ave, Davenport, IA 52807.

Lunch is available but we ask for a $5 donation if you choose to eat. An RSVP via email is required for lunch. An RSVP for the meeting is optional, but appreciated.

Please RSVP or address questions to Jan McClurg at jan.mcclurg@ia.nacdnet.net.