2017 Spring Watershed Academy Resources, Presentations and Handouts

Presentations

Conservation Drainage - IntroductionConservation Drainage - Introduction

Jim Jordahl with the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance gave a brief introduction to conservation drainage practices.

 

 

 

 

Denitrifying Woodchip BioreactorsDenitrifying Woodchip Bioreactors

Chris Hay with the Iowa Soybean Association talked about bioreactors. By viewing his presentation, you will be able to:

  • Describe what a bioreactor is and how it works
  • Recall bioreactor capacity and hydraulic retention time
  • Summarize the nitrate load reduction potential of a bioreactor based on Iowa research

 

 

Economic Benefits of Tile Drainage, Conservation Drainage and Sub-IrrigationEconomic Benefits of Tile Drainage, Conservation Drainage, and Sub-irrigation

Paul Sweeney with Ecosystem Services Exchange gave an overview of the economic benefits and returns on investment of different drainage practices. By viewing this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Compare the price per acre for conventional tile, drainage water management and sub-irrigation
  • Evaluate the crop yield response to drainage water management and sub-irrigation
  • Recall the potential time it takes to get a return on investment with drainage water management
  • List federal funding sources to offset the cost of a conservation drainage system
  • Describe what sub-irrigation is and how the practice works

 

Donna Ramaeker ZahnEffective Communication

Donna Ramaeker Zahn with the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance discussed headlines, messaging, and other communications strategies.

 

 

 

 

Financial Assistance and Technical Assistance for Edge-of-Field PracticesFinancial Assistance and Technical Assistance for Edge-of-field Practices

Matt Lechtenberg with Clean Water Iowa discussed Financial Assistance (FA) and Technical Assistance (TA) opportunities for edge-of-field practices. By viewing his presentation, you will be able to:

  • Describe several different edge-of-field practices and how they work
  • List sources of technical and financial assistance available for edge-of-field practices

 

CREP ProgramIowa's Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Brandon Dittman with IDALS presented information about the CREP program. By viewing his presentation, you will be able to:

  • Describe the the CREP program and apply general program requirements
  • Explain the concept of denitrification in a CREP wetland and recall its effectiveness  
  • Apply talking points for how to sell N-reduction wetlands
  • View informative pictures of the construction of a CREP wetland and wildlife benefits of the practice

 

Matt HelmersReaching the Nutrient Reduction Strategy Goals

Matt Helmers discussed what it will take to reach the goals of the Nutrient Reduction Strategy. By viewing this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Explain in your own words how nitrate leaching may vary from year to year
  • Recall specific nitrate-N practice performance and load reduction statistics
  • Recall specific phosphorus practice performance and load reduction statistics
  • Consider results from meetings in February and March 2017 that can help us understand how others are looking at practices and implementation

 

Site Selection and Suitability for Conservation DrainageSite Selection and Suitability for Conservation Drainage

Paul Sweeney with Ecosystem Services Exchange gave an overview of the factors that affect site suitability for conservation drainage. By viewing this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Assess basic field suitability criteria when choosing a site for conservation drainage  
  • Determine which soils are best for conservation drainage
  • Recall the data that ESE needs to provide a free one-page site review for suitability for a conservation drainage system

 

Ann StaudtTop 10 Tips for Killin' It with PowerPoint

Ann Staudt with Iowa Learning Farms discusses how to effectively use PowerPoint. In her presentation, you will be able to:

  • Apply consistent design principles across a presentation
  • Determine the proper number of words and ideas that should go on each slide
  • Use the proper number of slides in a presentation when considering presentation time
  • Recall how pictures can be more visually appealing in a presentation

 

Publications

Applying Woodchip Bioreactors for Improved Water Quality By viewing this publication, you will be able to:

  • Recall what a woodchip bioreactor is and how it works
  • Identify to basic dimensions for a bioreactor and associated control boxes
  • Recall the benefits of a bioreactor for nitrate reduction, flood reduction and farm productivity

Cleaning Iowa's Waters with Saturated Buffers in Iowa Watersheds By viewing this publication, you will be able to:

  • Recall what a saturated buffer is and how it works
  • Identify the percentage of water that can be diverted to a saturated buffer from tile drainage
  • Recall the benefits of a saturated buffer for nitrate reduction, flood reduction and wildlife habitat

Headlines Worksheet

Messaging Tip Sheet

Reducing Nutrient Loss: Science Shows What Works After viewing this publication, you will be able to:

  • Describe the three categories of nutrient reduction practices
  • Explain several common nitrogen and phosphorus management practices and their effectiveness
  • Explain several edge-of-field practices and their effectiveness
  • Explain several land use practices and their effectiveness
  • Be able to compare and contrast which practices are effective for nitrogen reduction versus phosphorus reduction

Ten Ways to Reduce Nitrogen Loads from Drained Cropland in the Midwest After viewing this publication, you will be able to:

  • Describe how to reduce nitrate loads through two primary means
  • Explain how certain processes affect nitrate loads
  • List and describe 10 practices that reduce nitrate loads and how including an overview of the practice, effectiveness, where the practice is appropriate and level of acceptance

Saturated Buffer Field Exercise Handouts

Saturated Buffer Conservation Practice Standard

FEEL Drainage System Map

FEEL Aerial Drainage System Layout

FEEL Saturated Buffer Site Suitability - Overview

FEEL Saturated Buffer Site Suitability - Slope

FEEL Saturated Buffer Suite Suitability - Soils

 

Tools

ACPF Watershed Database - Saturated Buffer Viewing Tool

ACPF Tool Saturated Buffer