ILF Looks At Conservation On Watershed Scale

ILF Looks At Conservation On Watershed Scale

Tune-in to monthly ILF webinar Feb. 19 to learn about new tools for conservation planning to improve water quality.

The Iowa Learning Farms monthly webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 19 at 11:30 a.m. Mark Tomer, research soil scientist at the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, or NLAE, will be the guest presenter. The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect. The series is held on the third Wednesday of each month.

USING NEW TOOLS: Computerized mapping tools can identify where and how different types of soil conservation practices can be best used in watersheds to improve water quality.

Tomer will talk about a watershed scale planning framework that is based on a set of computerized mapping tools to help improve water quality. The mapping tools identify where different types of conservation practices can be used in watersheds to improve water quality. The output can help conservation planners and landowners develop a set of planning alternatives, with each map showing how a selected suite of conservation practices can be distributed to address key pollutant pathways in both surface and subsurface-drained landscapes.

Use computer mapping to plan and place conservation practices
Tomer is a research soil scientist with the NLAE which is part of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service. The NLAE lab is located on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames. Tomer's research is focused on developing watershed-based tools for planning the placement of conservation practices, and understanding how geographic analyses and water quality data can provide guidance for improving conservation effectiveness in watersheds.

To connect to the webinar, go to at 11:30 a.m. on the morning of the webinar and log using the guest option. A computer with Internet access is all that is needed to participate. The ILF website contains links for archived webinars from all previous sessions.  The webinar archive is also available in a podcast through iTunes.

Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Iowa, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.

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