Miller Creek Watershed to Feature Hollis Bioreactor, Opportunities for Farmers, Sept. 18

Miller Creek Watershed farmers, landowners and drainage contractors are invited to a Denitrification Bioreactor and Saturated Buffer Field Day on Thursday September 18 from 4-6:30 p.m. in northeast Iowa.
Participants will meet at the Hollis Bioreactor, south of Waterloo on Highway 21 between Schrock and Griffith roads. The Miller Creek Watershed is located in southern Black Hawk county and Northern Tama and Benton counties.
“The goal of the field day is to discuss conservation options available to producers,” said Keegan Kult, Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) environmental programs manager. “Farmers are interested in learning more about how they can have a positive impact on the environment and natural resources.”
Field day presentations will feature Kult, presenting on bioreactor performance and ways to get involved with ISA environmental programs; Shane Wulf of the Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District, with more opportunities to get involved; Nathan Utt of Ecosystem Services Exchange, discussing saturated buffers and Chad Ingels with Iowa State University Outreach and Extension presenting bioreactor design and installation. The evening will conclude with dinner.
The event is part of the Miller Creek Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP). The project is designed to increase opportunities for farmers in the Miller Creek watershed and surrounding areas to implement practices aligned with the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and the Iowa Water Quality Initiative.
“Outreach and education are vital components for the Miller Creek Water Quality Improvement Project,” said Shane Wulf. “The Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District hopes that stakeholders in the Miller Creek watershed will take advantage of this free event for a better understanding of denitrification bioreactors and their positive impact on water quality.”
ISA initially began work in the watershed by taking and evaluating water samples. The association has since partnered on many projects including the WQIP. Together they work to educate farmers and other watershed stakeholders about conservation practices that have an impact on water quality, such as the Hollis bioreactor, which was installed in the fall of 2013.
The public is invited to attend, RSVPs are requested by Sept.15 to Wulf, (319)296-3262. For more information about ISA and their involvement with environmental programs visit www.iasoybeans.com.
To learn more about ISA, go to www.iasoybeans.com.