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.

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.

April 2018 Forum

The April forum speaker will be Ferrel Anderson.

Ferrel was raised in rural East Moline, IL. As a boy he hiked the woods, fields, and creeks in what is now the John Deere Administrative Center and Deere Run TPC, then known as Friendship Farm. This is where Ferrel and his twin brother would look for and find Indian relics by the score. He graduated from United Township High School in 1958, and from Augustana College with a BA degree in Chemistry in 1962. Between college semesters he worked two summers with the University of Illinois. In 1960, he helped excavate a Sauk village site that Black Hawk lived in as a boy, and the next summer roamed the lower 60 miles of the Rock River Valley looking for and recording Native American village and burial sites. In 1962-63 he attended the University of Illinois graduate school of Anthropology, and returned the next year to study chemistry. After school he worked as a research chemist at the Rock Island Arsenal.  In his spare time he pursued archaeology as an amateur archaeologist. He became active in preserving important archaeological sites, such as the Albany Indian Mounds, and forming and serving as President and Director of the Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology and the Quad Cities Archaeological Society. He also served as President and Director of the Iowa Archaeological Society.

Ferrel and his wife live in the Village of East Davenport where they raised five children and restored several Victorian homes.

Partners of Scott County Watersheds forum will be held Tuesday, April 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 Scott Boose at scott.boose@ia.nacdnet.net.

March 2018 Forum

March 2018 Forum

The speaker for the March 20th Forum is Marc Miller.

Marc is the Deputy Director for Scott County Conservation Board and serves as  the Project Manager for the Lake of The Hills lake renovation project along with supervising the maintenance, law enforcement, and operations for the Conservation Board. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University and a Master’s of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.  Marc has been with Scott County Conservation since 2001. Prior to that, he served our Country in numerous positions worldwide as a career soldier in the U.S. Army. He will be presenting on  West Lake water quality and future renovation plans.

Partners of Scott County Watersheds forum will be held Tuesday, March 20 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 Scott Boose at scott.boose@ia.nacdnet.net.

February Forum

February Forum

The speaker for the February 27th Forum is Laura Morris.

Laura has been the Natural Resources and Education Program Manager for River Action since May of 2016. She is an alumna of Augustana College, where she studied environmental science and geography, and completed research on environmental education in elementary schools. She will be presenting on current River Action projects in Scott County, and the holistic approach the organization takes to address the riverfronts and watersheds in which we live, work, and play.

Partners of Scott County Watersheds forum will be held Tuesday, February 27 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 Scott Boose at scott.boose@ia.nacdnet.net.

Eastern Avenue Library
6000 Eastern Ave
Davenport, IA 52807
January Forum

January Forum

The speaker for January 16th Forum is Bob Bryant. He was director of the Clinton County Conservation Board for 15 years, and director of Scott County Conservation Board’s Wapsi River Environmental Education Center for 16 years. Now retired, he continues to be involved with local conservation projects and activities, especially natural area inventories and restoration projects. His presentation will be on “The State Of Our Parks And Other Natural Areas.”

Partners of Scott County Watersheds forum will be held Tuesday, January 16 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 Scott Boose at scott.boose@ia.nacdnet.net.

October Forum

October Forum

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – 12:00pm

The speaker for the October forum is Chad Dolan, Fisheries Biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  Chad will have some current fish information.  He will share photos of improvements that have been made to the lakes infrastructure.  Future plans and needs for Lost Grove Lake will also be discussed.

Partners of Scott County Watersheds forum will be held Tuesday, October 17 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 Scott Boose at scott.boose@ia.nacdnet.net.

2017 Fall Scott County Snapshot

The 2017 Fall Scott County Snapshot Event will be held October 10th, 8:00 am-12:00 pm at Bettendorf Fire Station, 5002 Crow Creek Rd, Bettendorf 52722

Volunteers are welcome and appreciated.

A brief orientation will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Bettendorf Fire Station 5002 Crow Creek Rd, Bettendorf 52722. Volunteers will then disperse around the county to sample the water quality of Scott County waterways. Volunteers monitor for transparency, water temperature, pH, Nitrite, Nitrate, Dissolved Oxygen, Phosphate, and Chloride.

The Scott County Snapshot Event engages residents in water quality through a user friendly, process for data collection. Also, the collected data provides a “snapshot” of the water quality in Scott County.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Scott Boose, Urban Conservationist, Partners of Scott County Watersheds, 563.391.1403 ext. 3, scott.boose@ia.nacdnet.net