Presentation focused on watershed management through urban and rural community collaborations

AMES, Iowa – Urban and rural communities can accomplish a lot of good for watersheds when they work together. Since they share the same watersheds, the benefits of working together are realized by all.

In a webinar on September 21, “A River Runs Through It: Connecting Urban and Rural Communities Through Watershed Management,” a Kansas State University expert will illustrate the opportunities that exist for urban communities in partner with their upstream rural neighbors to improve water quality and overall watershed health through examples from a collaboration in Wichita, Kansas.

Trisha Moore, associate professor of biological and agricultural engineering at Kansas State University, will lead the webinar. Moore conducts research and works in partnership with municipalities, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations in the areas of ecological engineering and watershed management. Its efforts focus on natural approaches to restore hydrological functions and connectivity.

The webinar is hosted by Iowa Learning Farms, a conservation and water quality education program at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Moore’s program involved a stormwater management program with the city and upstream agricultural producers in the Little Arkansas watershed. It will provide program implementation highlights as well as current performance results in terms of water quality and cost effectiveness.

“Facilitating rural and urban community partnerships to address watershed-wide conditions can provide vast benefits to all stakeholders,” Moore said. “Urban and rural communities share the same water resources, so it’s incumbent on all of us to identify ways to more effectively manage these resources together.”

Attendees of Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinars are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters. People from all walks of life and all areas of interest are encouraged to join.

Webinar Access Instructions

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon CDT on September 21:

The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the Iowa Learning Farms website, so it can be viewed at any time.

A Continuing Education Unit approved by the Certified Crop Adviser Board of Directors has been requested. Those who participate in the live webinar are eligible. Information on how to apply to receive the CEU will be provided at the end of the live webinar.

Upcoming webinars in the series

  • September 28: Raj Raman, Iowa State University.
  • October 5: Vinayak Shedekar, Ohio State University.
  • October 12: Laura Alt, Iowa State University.
  • October 19: Prashant Jha, Iowa State University.

Shareable photo: Portrait of Trisha Moore, Kansas State University.

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