ICC will continue to work with our partners to advocate for and support educational/outreach programs that lead to clean water for humans and wildlife alike. For example, in July of 2021 and 2022, ICC supported programs that offered landowners and farmers “Field Days” to see improved and more sustainable land use practices on a working farm near West Union, Iowa. These new practices included ways to reduce soil erosion and to improve soil health and productivity, while also enhancing the quality of the groundwater and springs within the watersheds and tributaries of nearby coldwater streams.
Also in October of 2021, ICC awarded a grant to the ‘Save Bloody Run Committee’. ICC joined numerous conservation partners to help this grass roots group purchase equipment and test kits for water quality testing on multiple sites within the Bloody Run Creek Watershed. This timely, collaborative support was in response to the ongoing cattle operation sited near the headwaters of Bloody Run Creek. This popular coldwater trout stream and its tributaries, which flow through fragile, karst topography, has been designated by the Iowa DNR as one of only 32 Outstanding Iowa Waters.
- Field Day Programs for Farmers and LandownersMulti-Cropping Field Days In July of 2021, ICC donated a Sponsorship Grant of $500 to NEIA RC&D to help fund Multi-cropping Field Days at FLOLO Farm near West Union, IA. …
- Streambank Restoration at Decorah Fish HatcheryIt all started with an idea to improve fish habitat and angler access along Trout Run, a popular fishery just south of Decorah. It quickly developed into a partnership between the Iowa DNR, Trees Forever, Alliant Energy, Iowa’s Coldwater Conservancy (ICC), Friends of the Decorah Fish Hatchery, and the Iowa Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited. In 2016, Trout Run was the third most popular trout stream in the state