Thursday, August 14, 2008
North Ridge Pavilion
2250 Holiday Road
registration has been extended to July 25!
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CONFERENCE PURPOSE AND THEME
New federal clean water mandates are already influencing
development throughout the Mississippi River watershed, in response to the
expanding dead zone around the Gulf of Mexico. Within that continental
watershed lie smaller watersheds, each contributing their share of
sediment, lawn and agricultural chemicals, heavy metals, solvents, and
irreducible pollutants. This conference will provide information on water
quality issues on small lots, in open areas and neighborhoods, and between
the smaller watersheds that are linked within the Mississippi River Basin.
The Iowa River Watershed Conference Committee
is a group of professionals from varying disciplines. We have teamed up
with the North Central Chapter of the Society of Wetlands Scientists to
bring this one-day conference about watersheds to a broad audience. Our
goal is to sharpen the focus of attendees, and make them familiar with
existing opportunities to improve water quality within their local
We will combine speakers and field visits to introduce
attendees to the functions and values of the individual natural areas that
exist within a watershed. Our speakers will address watershed management;
stream bank vegetation; floating islands in ponds and storm water
detention basins; ways to increase the amount of time we (and in
particular, our children) spend outdoors; how wetlands and streams can be
brought back into our communities; how new ideas in landscaping can
restore the native environment and improve water quality; Johnson County
Conservation Board’s land management within the watershed of the lake at
Kent Park, and their restoration of native plant communities within the
Iowa and Cedar River watersheds; local financing for the installation of
rain gardens and other storm water management techniques. Our field trips
will focus on successful wetland restoration projects that combine storm
water treatment, ecological preservation, and recreation.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The Iowa Watershed Conference Committee welcomes anyone
with an interest in this topic.
We hope our audience will include:
state, county, and city officials
foresters and arborists
members of the media.
Welcome and Opening Comments
Key Note: Lon Drake A Floodway Wetland Corridor: From Design to
Speaker 1: Harry Graves, Dave Wehde Johnson County’s $20 Million
Conservation Ballot Measure
Speaker 2: Fred Meyer Easy Ways to Clean Your Rainwater
Speaker 3: Judy Krieg Combating Nature Deficit Disorder by
Integrating Natural Areas Into Your Neighborhood
Speaker 4: Howard Bright Watershed Management using Diverse
Emergent Vegetation and Floating Islands
Speaker 5: Johnson County Stormwater Alliance Funding Opportunities
for Small Stormwater Improvement Projects
Lunch and exhibits – Lunch & Breaks included with Fee
Iowa River Landing – Coralville
Brown Deer Golf Course – Coralville
Whispering Meadows – Iowa City
South Sycamore Wetlands – Iowa City
Lon Drake, Professor Emeritus,
University of Iowa
A Floodway Wetland Corridor: From Design to Outdoor
Dr. Drake has researched, taught, and practiced the art
of ecosystem design and restoration.
Dr. Drake’s focus has included:
• Designing landfills for groundwater protection;
• Building an energy efficient home from recycled materials;
• Reclaiming strip mines;
• Designing functional wetlands;
• Creating homestead habitat;
• Phytoremediation of petroleum and chemical spills;
• Currently designing and testing storm water bioswales.
Dr. Drake’s classes at The University of Iowa have
• Engineering Geology;
• Reclamation and Restoration;
• Landfill Hydrogeology;
• Energy in Contemporary Society.
Since “retiring” and becoming Emeritus at The University
of Iowa in 1999, Dr. Drake’s scope of teaching has expanded to include
local elementary schools and community colleges.
Johnson County’s $20 Million Conservation Ballot
Harry L. Graves, Executive Director Johnson County
Mr. Graves has served as Director of the Johnson County Conservation Board
since 2001. He has worked tirelessly with his dedicated staff to develop a
quality Environmental Education Program; establish and restore prairies
and wetlands; enhance the county’s nine parks, conservation areas and
river accesses. Graves is a past president of the Iowa Association of
County Conservation Boards and a former member of the Iowa State
Association of Counties Board of Directors. He currently serves on the
Board of Directors of the Johnson County Heritage Trust and the Johnson
County Historical Society.
Dave Wehde, Vegetation Specialist Johnson County
Mr. Wehde has been working full-time with Graves
since 1986, after graduating from Upper Iowa University with a double
major in Conservation Management and Biology. He is a former resident of
Solon, Iowa, and grew up near Lake McBride State Park where he developed a
strong fondness for nature and the outdoors. His major job
responsibilities are restoration and establishment of natural areas such
as woodlands, savannas, wetlands, prairies and wildlife habitat plantings.
Easy Ways to Clean Your Rainwater
Fred Meyer, Backyard Abundance Campaign Director
Mr. Meyer is a Permaculture Designer, Iowa Master Gardener, and Iowa
Master Conservationist with over 12 years of experience in organic
gardening and environmental restoration. He is the Backyard Abundance
Campaign Director and serves on the Environmental Advocates Board of
Directors as well as the Johnson County Master Gardener Steering
Committee. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.
Combating Nature Deficit Disorder by Integrating
Natural Areas Into Your Neighborhood
Ms. Judy Krieg, President
EarthView Environmental, LLC
Ms. Krieg is President of EarthView Environmental, LLC. For the last 13
years, she has worked closely with municipalities, developers, and
government officials to obtain environmental clearances pertaining to
wetlands, threatened and endangered species, erosion control and other
sensitive areas. She has designed and led workshops for all ages on
wastewater treatment, soils and wetlands. Her community outreach projects
include the City of Coralville’s “Wet and Muddy Day”, an annual wetland
planting event with 80-100 Northwest Junior High School students. She has
served on the Johnson County Sensitive Areas Ordinance and Cluster
Subdivision Committee, and the Iowa Onsite Wastewater Board (2000-2005).
She currently serves as President of TAKO: Take A Kid Outdoors.
Watershed Management using Diverse
Emergent Vegetation and Floating Islands
Howard Bright, President
Ion Exchange, Inc. Native Seed and Plant Nursery
Mr. Bright and his wife, Donna, created Ion Exchange, Inc., a native seed
and plant nursery in Northeast Iowa. Ion Exchange has been in business for
20 years, employing 25 people and providing over 150 species of native
plants and seeds suitable for prairies, savannas, wetlands and woodlands.
Before Ion Exchange, Mr. Bright worked for 20 years with the Soil
Conservation Service in various locations across the state, spending most
of those years as a District Conservationist. His passion for native
plants and their adaptations to specific microclimates increased during
the years he spent helping landowners with best management practices to
control erosion and preserve topsoil.
Funding Opportunities for Small Stormwater
Johnson County Stormwater Alliance
The Johnson County Storm Water Alliance (JCSWA) is a body of
professionals who are employed by the cities of Coralville, Iowa City,
North Liberty, University Heights, and The University of Iowa. The
Alliance meets regularly to discuss the administration and enforcement of
storm water regulations within Johnson County. All JCSWA members are
engaged with implementing elements of the federally-mandated National
Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES. JCSWA communities
collect monthly storm water utility fees from property owners. Funds from
this fee can be used to finance storm water quality improvements like rain
gardens, stream bank stabilization, or other methods that improve the
quality of water entering local bodies of water. Members of JCSWA will
describe how to apply for these funds, and what types of projects have
been funded already.
In the afternoon we will be visiting four local wetland
and stream restoration sites. The sites have been selected based on their
variety of purpose and location. The Iowa River Landing in
Coralville is a former industrial park currently undergoing redevelopment.
It recently won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s prestigious
Phoenix Award. In lieu of a typical conventional pond, wetlands were
created, protecting a valued natural area and providing opportunities for
recreation and education. The Brown Deer Golf Course in Coralville
includes a stream restoration that was used as a demonstration site for
various stream restoration products and techniques. Whispering Meadows
is a subdivision in south Iowa City composed of small starter homes
and many subsidized housing units. The wetlands in Whispering Meadows can
be compared to a nearby storm water detention pond, illustrating the
differences in aesthetic appeal and recreational opportunities, and
boardwalks allow residents of the subdivision to stroll through the
wetlands. The South Sycamore Wetlands in Iowa City, by contrast, is
a regional storm water management system serving several subdivisions.
Like Whispering Meadows, it includes opportunities for recreation and
education but it is an example of a broader storm water management and
habitat preservation design.
**NOTE** Come prepared to walk through wetland areas.
Depending on weather and field conditions, conference attendees may need
rubber boots. Everyone should bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
BY JULY 15, 2008............ $95.00
(Early registration has been extended to July 25!)
AFTER JULY 15, 2008....... $125.00
(Fee includes lunch & breaks. See Conference
Brochure for CEU information)
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2250 Holiday Road
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