Public Invited to Conservation Buffer Webinar

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As part of the Cedar Creek Partnership Water Quality Initiative project, the Wapello, Keokuk and Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are hosting a webinar about Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Buffers. The webinar will be held on Friday, January 16 and begin at 9:00 a.m.

“The webinar will only last about 45 minutes,” says organizer Lanessa Baker. “We’re able to offer this event in Ottumwa and Fairfield so participants can chose the location most convenient for them.”  Participants can watch the webinar in Ottumwa at the Wapello SWCD office located at 2938 Oak Meadow Drive, Ottumwa, or in Fairfield at the Jefferson County Extension office located at 2606 West Burlington Avenue, Fairfield. Refreshments will be provided. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Lanessa Baker at (641)-682-0752, Ext 3 or Lanessa.Baker@ia.nacdnet.net.

Featured speakers on the webinar include Matt Helmers, ISU Assistant Professor in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. Helmers will share his experience and data results with the STRIPS project.  STRIPS stands for Science based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips. The project is a team of scientists, educators, farmers, and extension specialists working on the prairie strips agricultural conservation practice. In addition, Jason Gritsch, Private Lands Wildlife Technician with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will discuss how buffers benefit both water quality and wildlife.

For more information about the Cedar Creek Partnership Project, contact Watershed Coordinator Lanessa Baker at (641)-682-0752. To learn more about Iowa’s Water Quality Initiative and Nutrient Reduction  Strategy, visit  www.CleanWaterIowa.org.