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Cedar River Watershed Coalition: 2018 Spring Meeting

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Wickiup Hill Learning Center, 10260 Morris Hills Rd, Toddville, Iowa


February 27, 2018



Rob Hogg, State Senator and Cedar River Watershed Coalition Co-Chair: rob.hogg@legis.iowa.gov

Vern Fish, Cedar River Watershed Coalition Co-Chair: vernfish@aol.com

Mary Beth Stevenson, Iowa DNR: Marybeth.stevenson@dnr.iowa.gov


Cedar River Watershed Coalition: 2018 Spring Meeting Announcement

A walking tour of Wickiup Hill Learning Center will be offered prior to the meeting


TODDVILLE – The Cedar River Watershed Coalition Steering Committee is announcing the Spring 2018 Cedar River Watershed Coalition meeting, scheduled for Friday, March 9 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Wickiup Hill Learning Center (10260 Morris Hills Rd, Toddville). The theme of the meeting is “Moving into the Future of Watershed Management.” The event is free and the public is invited to learn how Cedar River Watershed is at the front line of collaborative and creative watershed management, and ways to support local watershed improvement efforts. The meeting is of relevance to anyone with an interest in improved water quality and flood risk reduction.


Prior to the meeting, a tour of the Wickiup Hill Learning Center grounds will be offered by Linn County Conservation Board staff, to highlight beneficial water management practices. The tour will begin promptly at 11 am; participants should convene at the front doors of the Learning Center.

An optional networking lunch will take place beginning at noon. Participants may bring their own lunch, or purchase a lunch at $10 per person. Please RSVP if you wish to purchase a lunch by emailing Marybeth.stevenson@dnr.iowa.gov.

The full meeting will begin at 1:00 pm. Speakers and topics include:

  • Panel Discussion: “Building the Capacity of our Cedar River Watershed Projects”
  • Sarah Carlson, Practical Farmers of Iowa: Cover Crops in Iowa
  • Ann Robinson, Iowa Environmental Council: Watershed Policy Update
  • Cedar River Watershed Coalition: Priorities for 2018


A copy of the full agenda is provided below.

The Cedar River Watershed Coalition was formed in February 2010, in response to the Flood of 2008. The Coalition involves elected officials, local and state government representatives, farmers, business owners, conservationists, and other concerned citizens. The Coalition believes that all watershed stakeholders must work together to reduce future flood risk, and improve water quality.

~Moving into the Future of Watershed Management~

Cedar River Watershed Coalition ~ Spring 2018 Meeting

Friday, March 9th, 2018 • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Wickiup Hill Learning Center (10260 Morris Hills Rd, Toddville)


Meeting Agenda

11:00 am              Walking tour of Wickiup Hill Learning Center grounds

12:00 pm              Lunch

Participants are invited to an optional networking lunch prior to the Coalition meeting. Please bring $10 per person and reserve a lunch with an RSVP to Marybeth.stevenson@dnr.iowa.gov.

1:00 pm                Welcome & Introductions - Coalition Co-Chairs: Rob Hogg, State Senator and Vern Fish, Black Hawk County / Waterloo

1:15 pm                Panel: Building the Capacity of Our Cedar River Watershed Projects - Panelists will provide an overview of creative approaches to           building the capacity and future sustainability of local watershed projects. 

  • Miller Creek Water Quality Improvement Project (Jeri Thornsberry, Black Hawk Soil & Water Commissioner)
  • Middle Cedar Watershed Management Authority (Adam Rodenberg, Middle Cedar Project Coordinator)
  • Iowa Agricultural Water Alliance (Sean McMahon, Executive Director)

2:15 pm                Cover Crops in Iowa: Progress in Meeting Nutrient Reduction Strategy Goals - Sarah Carlson, Practical Farmers of Iowa

3:00 pm                Break

3:15 pm                Policy Update: Overview of the 2018 Farm Bill & Iowa’s New Water Quality Bill - Ann Robinson, Iowa Environmental Council              

3:45 pm                Priorities for 2018 – Cedar River Watershed Coalition - Open discussion on suggested activities, future meeting topics, and upcoming events of interest to the Coalition.

4:00 pm                Adjourn