By APRIL SIGMUND, Council communications intern
Clean Water Starts with Us, an e-newsletter produced for watershed coordinators and those interested in improving water quality in their communities, has released its quarterly edition.
One article in the newsletter highlights a study conducted by Iowa State University on sediment deposits in Iowa’s lakes and rivers. The study shows that despite soil conservation efforts across Iowa, sediment deposit growth is accelerating at the bottom of Iowa’s lakes (p. 3).
Results of this study have its authors concerned that the increase in soil buildup could cause damage to wildlife habitats and other problems.
Also featured in the latest edition–a new resource available for communities engaging in watershed improvement projects. Iowa Learning Farms has produced “Watershed-based Community Assessments,” a toolkit containing steps communities should take to successfully complete a water quality improvement project. The toolkit focuses around involving thoughts and opinions of local watershed residents when carrying out a project.
Clean Water Starts With Us is a quarterly electronic newsletter from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship – Division of Soil Conservation (DSC) and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).