April Forum

Our speaker for this month will be Christina McDonough from the Food Rescue Partnership. The Food Rescue Partnership’s vision is a Quad Cities – a community dedicated to eliminating food waste, which is accomplished through their mission to promote rescuing food for its best possible use.  Christina will share how the Scott County Health Department organized community members and organizations to create the Food Rescue Partnership, preferred methods for food waste reduction, and how the Food Rescue Partnership works to educate the community on the importance of food rescue.

Partners of Scott County Watersheds forum will be held Tuesday, April 18th at 12pm at the Eastern Avenue Library, 6000 Eastern Ave, Davenport, IA 52807.

Lunch is available but we do ask for a $5 donation if you choose to eat. Please RSVP via email if you wish to attend so lunch supplies can be properly estimated.

Please RSVP or address questions to Kyle Bennett at Kyle.Bennett@ia.nacdnet.net.

March Forum

March forum will be held at the Eastern Avenue Library on March 21st at 12pm.

Our speaker for this month will be Brian Ritter from Nahant Marsh. The presentation will cover conservation practices along with their battle to control invasive species.

Lunch is provided but we do ask for a $5 donation if you choose to eat. Please RSVP via email if you wish to attend so lunch supplies can be properly estimate. Also, feel free to follow up with questions to Kyle Bennett at Kyle.Bennett@ia.nacdnet.net.

February Forum

The February forum will be held at the Eastern Avenue Library on February 21st at 12pm.

Our speaker for this month will be Brandy Welvaert from the Scott County Waste Commission. The topic is “how to recycle right” and what to do with “beyond the bin” items that don’t belong in garbage or recycling carts.

Lunch is provided but we do ask for a $5 donation if you choose to eat. Please RSVP via email if you wish to attend so lunch supplies can be properly estimate. Also, feel free to follow up with questions to Kyle Bennett at Kyle.Bennett@ia.nacdnet.net.

Composting, “Green” Lawn Care and Native Plants

The January forum will be held on January 17th, 12-1pm at the Eastern Avenue Library.

Our speaker this month is the new City of Davenport Clean Water Manager, Amy Kay.

The topic is composting, “green” lawn care and native plants.

Lunch is provided but we do ask that you provide a $5 donation if you choose to eat. Please RSVP if you wish to attend so I can properly estimate lunch supplies! Also, feel free to follow up with questions. Kyle Bennett at Kyle.Bennett@ia.nacdnet.net

Monthly Forum: National Park Service

October 18, 2016 at 12 pm, Partners of Scott County Watershed will be having our monthly forum at the Eastern Avenue Library in Davenport.

Our speaker is Father Bud Grant, a professor at St. Ambrose, who will give a presentation about the foundation of the National Park Service.

Lunch will be provided (with a $5 donation), if you plan to attend please RSVP so I can estimate food accordingly!

RSVP with Kyle Bennett Urban Conservationist
Kyle.Bennett@ia.nacdnet.net
8370 Hillandale Road
Davenport, IA 52806
563-391-1403 x304

2016 Scott County Snapshot Event

We are looking for volunteers to throw on their boots, get a little dirty and test the Scott County streams at 56 different sites. Join us, May 10th for our Spring Snapshot Event!

EVENT FLYER

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016
8am – 11am Davenport Public Works1200 E 46th Street, Davenport, IA 52807

Orientation will begin at 8am. Volunteers will learn how to sample water, teams will be assigned monitoring sites. Return to Davenport Public Works for a FREE LUNCH.

Register by contacting Kyle Bennett kyle.bennett@ia.nacdnet.net 563.391.1403 ext. 3

Volunteers Needed!

It’s that time of year, Spring Snapshot is here! We are looking for volunteers to throw on their boots, get a little dirty and test the Scott County streams at 56 different sites. Join us, May 10th for our Spring Snapshot Event!

May2016 poster

April Lunch Forum- Fire! A Tool for the Environment

Davenport controlled burn
City of Davenport Controlled Burn Info

Partners of Scott County Watersheds will be hosting a monthly educational forum meeting on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016.  The event will be held from 12(noon) – 1:00pm at the Davenport Public Library Eastern Branch, 6000 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, IA 52807.

Dave Murcia, Director of the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center will discuss controlled burns. Prescribed or controlled burning is a technique used in prairie restoration, farming or forest management. Dave will explain the purpose and importance of prescribed fire as a management tool, the requirements for planning and conducting a burn, and local initiatives and case studies to show the success of using fire as a management tool.

Lunch will be provided with a $5 donation.

Please RSVP to Lindsay McFarland at 563-391-1403 X3 or Lindsay.Mcfarland@ia.nacdnet.net

 

Agriculture Practices in an Urban Setting: Bioreactors and Saturated Buffers in Davenport

Congratulations to The Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District and the City of Davenport; together they received an urban stormwater project grant through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Partners of Scott County Watersheds and Ecosystem Services Exchange are proud project partners. This innovative project will capture urban stormwater and run it through a bioreactor and saturated buffer; agriculture edge of field practices, designed to capture and clean tile water  As we move forward in this project we are excited to highlight the importance of community involvement in tackling water quality issues.  Be sure to check out this great article about the project by the QC-Times: Davenport Gets Grant to Clean Stormwater 3.28 northey visit.image

Emerald Ash Borer in Iowa

 

EAB Flyer

“Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) is a small green invasive wood boring beetle that attacks and kills ash trees. The adults live on the outside of ash trees feeding on the leaves during the summer months. The larvae look similar to white grubs and feed on the living plant tissue (phloem and cambium) underneath the bark of ash trees. The trees are killed by the tunneling activity of the larvae under the tree’s bark, which disrupts the vascular flow.

The metallic green beetle is native to East Asia and was imported to the United States within the wood of shipping crates from China. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was first discovered in North America near Detroit, Michigan in 2002. Since the first discovery it has also been found in many states and in Canada.

EAB attacks native ash trees of any size, age, or stage of health. Millions of ash trees have already been killed in infested areas. Much of Iowa’s forestland is densely populated with ash trees, and Iowa’s community street trees are heavily planted with ash cultivars. Early inventory data indicates that there are 52 million woodland ash trees and 3.1 million urban ash trees. Take a moment to think about how many ash trees are in your yard, neighborhood, community, and woodlands. Then imagine those areas without ash trees. Trees that have been attacked by EAB can die within 2 years.

Research has shown that EAB can only fly a few miles, which helps slow its natural spread. However, it is easily transported to new areas when people inadvertently move emerald ash borer larvae inside of infested firewood, ash nursery stock, and other ash items. Please do not move firewood from infested areas into non-infested areas.”  -Iowa DNR, Emerald Ash Borer Info