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Dan Haug named new Watershed Educator

By Kayla Hasper, Watersheds Coordinator
Prairie Rivers of Iowa recently welcomed Dan Haug as the new Watershed Educator. Haug grew up in Ames, Iowa, where he became involved in prairie restoration and community-supported agriculture.He is passionate about involving community members...[Read More Here]

OLE Advisory Board established

By Annie Fangman,
Natural Resources Educator

We have put together and Advisory Board to support the Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE) Program. The group includes a good mix of professionals from different backgrounds and from across the state. They are meant to help ...[Read More Here]

PRI Board and Staff tour Ames Water Treatment Plant

By Kayla Hasper,
Watersheds Coordinator

Through our relations with the City of Ames in our watershed work, Prairie Rivers of Iowa board and staff members got the opportunity on March 23, 2017 to tour the water treatment plant that the city is building....[Read More Here]

Water Quality Monitors, Year 1: Results and Lessons Learned

By Kayla Hasper,
Watershed Coordinator

Prairie Rivers of Iowa, along with our partners Story County Conservation and City of Ames, have installed two water quality monitor units in the South Skunk River Watershed. These units will automatically take samples....[Read More Here]

April Showers bring Watershed Planning!

By Dan Haug,
Watershed Educator

At Prairie Rivers of Iowa, we’re always on the lookout for new opportunities, and more reasons to get people interested in soil health and water quality. We are in the planning stages to work on a watershed management plan for the Keigley-South Skunk Watershed...[Read More Here]

Corridor Management Plan, Projects, and Celebrations

By Jan Gammon
Lincoln Highway Coordinator

The Corridor Management Plan has been completed! This has been a 3-year process and included hours of research, meetings with city and county officials, holding community input meetings, and many hours of writing. You may view the plan using this link. The plan not only contains history ...[Read More Here]

Outdoor Learning Environments Resource Guide

By Annie Fangman
Natural Resources Educator

Spring has sprung, and so has the Outdoor Learning Environment Program here at Prairie Rivers of Iowa! We have a lot of ‘buzz’ going about outdoor learning environments and several groups in progress...[Read More Here]

Exciting Activities for the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway

By Jan Gammon, Lincoln Highway Coordinator 

The Lincoln Highway Association will hold their National Conference June 20-24th in Denison, Iowa. The group was originally formed in 1913 to promote the road using private and corporate donations. The idea was embraced ...[Read More Here]

Master River Steward Program starting May 2017

By Annie Fangman,
Natural Resource Educator

Have you been wanting to know more about rivers including wildlife, water quality, and stream bank restoration? We are offering the perfect course...[Read More Here]

Penny Brown Huber featured in Successful Farming

By Aimee Burch, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator
Prairie Rivers of Iowa Executive Director Penny Brown Huber was featured in the article “Eight Crops Waiting for You to Grow” found in the December 2016 issue of Successful Farming ...[Read More Here]

Local Creeks can be Special Places

By Dan Haug
Watershed Educator

I spent a Sunday hiking along Clear Creek in the company of a curious herd of six deer, who came within 20 feet of me.  Bigger rivers may afford more opportunities for boating.  Cold-water trout streams in the northeast part of the state may have better fishing.  But the warm-water creeks in Central Iowa have...[Read More Here]

Guest Blog: The Benefits of Improving Soil Health

By Erv Klaas
Member of the Board, Squaw Creek Watershed Authority

Those of us who work in the field of soil conservation have been promoting the idea of soil health for several years.The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has a national program called “Unlocking the Secrets of the Soil.” The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is funding Prairie Rivers work..[Read More Here]
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