Two recent Gazette articles highlight how two people have made a difference on watershed management in our own Cedar River watershed.
The Nov. 18 article “UNI student helps return cropland to native prairie” highlights the actions of Jarrett Pfrimmer. He translated a “theoretical assignment” to action establishing a 120 foot wide prairie buffer strip along Dry Run Creek. The buffer is projected to reduce erosion from former farm fields, improve water quality, and provide habitat for wildlife.
Dick Sloan’s Nov. 24 column “Farming is more than just growing crops” provided an overview of a flight he took over the Cedar River. He correctly points out that there are many actions both urbanites and rural residents can take to reduce flooding and improve water quality.
He reviews the actions he has taken on his farm to reduce erosion and slow the flow of water. These actions include permanent grass cover, waterways, contour farming, no-till, crop rotations and promoting high organic content in his soils to build water-holding capacity.
Sloan accurately points out that wild lands play a critical role in reducing the damage from floods. Natural areas are vital in providing myriad ecological, environmental and economic benefits in terms of water quality and reduced flood impacts.
County conservation boards in the Cedar River watershed are involved in a watershed-wide education effort that points out that “We are all in this watershed together.” Kudos to Pfrimmer and Sloan for taking action to do their part. It is encouraging to read about people who make a difference.
Linn County Conservation
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