Goats Provide Sustainable Vegetation Management


Our February Lunch forum featured Aaron Swailes from Goats on the Go, presenting “No Goats, No Glory” Aaron explained how goats can help you fight against noxious weeds, brush and invasive plants; using an economic and environmentally friendly method. Goats have been used by the National Park Service to small residential properties. They provide a sustainable vegetation management practice by eliminating the use of poisonous herbicides and heavy machinery while providing a valuable fertilizer.

Thank you Aaron for the great presentation!

For more information, check out  www.goatsonthego.com/why-goats

Planting for bees, butterflies, hummers

Now that the calendar has turned over to 2016, gardeners are looking forward to next year. Thanks QC-Times for the feature!

Source: Planting for bees, butterflies, hummers

purple hyssop

Head to our partner website:  http://scottcountysoilandwater.org/ for the 2016 Native Trees and Plants order forms! The Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District will also be continuing their “Sponsor a Monarch Butterfly Program” Money from these fundraising sales help the District support local scholarships, educational programs and other community projects!

January Lunch Forum- Floating Islands

PSCW would like to thank everyone who came out to our January lunch forum! We had a wonderful turn out of over 60 people interested in pond improvement and management  strategies.

Ryan McCaw of Efficient Pond Management  discussed Floating Islands, a natural way to clear and improve water. The islands are made from upcycled plastic, originally plastic bottles and paired with plants that pull nitrates, phosphates and other pollutants from pond water. Ryan explained the basics on how the islands are constructed, planted and installed. He outlined how to use floating islands in conjunction with other best management practices as part of a total pond management plan resulting in a clean pond and enhanced environment.

If you are have any questions or are interested in receiving more information please contact:

Ryan McCaw
email – ryan@efficientpondmanagement.com
Phone 563-370-6608



Duck Creek Urban Investigation Plan

Partners of Scott County Watersheds is endeavoring to further quantify the urban sources of E.coli with the Duck Creek Urban Investigation Plan. (UIP) In October, 2013, an Urban Investigation Committee was formed by PSCW, tasked to further examine E-coli sources in Duck Creek. The committee created the UIP to search for and quantify E-coli sources. The overall goal of the plan is to examine data collected to better plan for and implement practices to improve water quality in the watershed.

To learn more about the plan, open the Duck Creek Urban Investigation Plan

PSCW is currently pursuing funding for the plan. For more information, contact Lindsay McFarland at 563.391.1403 X 304

Check Out Our PSA


Click the play button above to watch the Public Service Announcement about the Duck Creek Watershed Project, aired on WQAD.

*Cleanduckcreek.org has merged with our website! Check out our updated posts, activities and stewardship for ideas and tips to improve Scott County Watersheds.