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

 

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“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

March Lunch Forum

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Public Forum Meeting

Partners of Scott County Watersheds will be hosting a monthly educational forum meeting on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016.  The event will be held from 12(noon) – 1:00pm at the Davenport Public Library Eastern Branch, 6000 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, IA 52807.

Kolby Jones from Ecosystem Services Exchange will discuss in-field and edge-of-field water quality agriculture practices such as; bioreactors, saturated buffers, sub-irrigation and drainage water management. He will explain how these practices can help combat rising environmental issues by reducing nutrient loading in waterways, enhancing habitat and bio-diversity and improving agricultural productivity. Check out this Video to learn more about how bioreactors help reduce nitrogen runoff!

Lunch will be provided with a $5 donation. Please RSVP to Lindsay McFarland at 563-391-1403 X3 or Lindsay.Mcfarland@ia.nacdnet.net

 

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

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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

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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.