The Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District is grateful for being awarded funds and selected as a recipient of the Prairie Rapids Audubon Society (PRAS) grant. PRAS’s contribution will be utilized to continue the Dry Run Creek water monitoring program. Water monitoring is an essential component for any successful watershed improvement project and serves to collect data, track progress, and identify potential areas of concern. For the last six years, this has been accomplished through a partnership with the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Earth and Environmental Science Department and the Biology Department. This program gives UNI students an opportunity for experiential learning in the areas of laboratory analysis and field sampling. Both of these are essential in many science-based fields and will provide skills they can take into their future career paths.
PRAS is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society serving Black Hawk, Grundy, Butler, Bremer, Buchanan, and Hardin Counties. The mission of Prairie Rapids Audubon “shall be to engage in programs that provide, to members of the public, education about and appreciation for birds; increased knowledge and awareness of birds and birding; and conservation, preservation and restoration of natural bird habitat for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.” You can find further information on their website at https://www.gopras.org/.
We look forward to this new partnership with another wonderful community conservation organization. Past supporters of the Dry Run Creek water monitoring program include the Iowa Corn Growers, Black Hawk County Farm Bureau, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, and VGM Group. Thank you!
Pictured: Dre Presswood, Dry Run Creek 2020 water monitoring intern