About Us

About Us

The Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District was formed in July 1945. And since that date, five elected commissioners have been working at improving our water quality and preserving our soils for almost 70 years.

Recently the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy was introduced. This is a voluntary science-based program designed to reduce the impact of Nitrogen and Phosphorus on Iowa’s water systems. Under the leadership of Governor Terry Branstad and Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) favorably accepted Iowa’s Nutrient Management Strategy. Iowa’s producers are confident that they can reduce the soil and nutrient runoff into our waterways, rivers and ultimately into the Gulf of Mexico. Their efforts are focused on achieving this goal by voluntary action and to keep the EPA from further regulations of farming in Iowa and the Midwest.

The Soil and Water Conservation Districts partner with the Conservation Districts of Iowa and various state agencies to implement soil conservation systems containing practices that aid in improving both soil health and water quality. These systems aren’t new, but they continue to make a difference on today’s farms.

Creating a soil health management system with the right mix of conservation practices, e.g., conservation tillage methods, nutrient management practices and planting cover crops to name a few, allow producers to improve both the health of their soils and the health of their bottom line.

Improving our soil health by installing conservation practices is crucial to Iowa’s future. It is estimated by the year 2050, there will be 9 billion people on this planet. This means we will need to produce as much food in the next 40 years as we have in the last 500.

Citizens of Black Hawk County have a unique opportunity to show the country that reducing soil and nutrient runoff can be done without regulations. We have two major watershed projects designed to do just that: Dry Run Creek in Cedar Falls and Miller Creek in south-central Black Hawk County. Miller Creek is one of the eight Water Quality Improvement Watersheds recently awarded by the State of Iowa.

Mission:  To bring about, through wise planning, a secure future of strong agriculture production and environmental protection of our precious resources in both urban and rural sectors.

Goals: 

  • To conserve, protect, improve, develop, use and maintain soil, water and related resources for the benefit of future generations in both public and private sectors.
  • To successfully implement objectives in the Soil and Water Resource Conservation Plan through an orderly procedure in an Annual Work Plan.

 

 

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