Regional and state experts will present compelling, science-based information about natural river restoration practices for professionals assisting landowners and/or designing bank stabilization projects, such as IDALS, NRCS, and SWCD field and engineering staff, county conservation board staff, county engineers, and consultants. However, the workshop is open to anyone interested in participating.
Natural river restoration practices can be an affordable and practical solution for addressing streambank erosion issues across Iowa. Eroding streambanks can mean the loss of crop buffer areas, productive farmland, and local infrastructure, as well as a major contributor of sediment and nutrients to our water. Standard engineering practices for keeping streambanks in place often call for extensive armoring using riprap revetments or other expensive materials. However, understanding river dynamics can lead to much more cost-effective, fish and wildlife friendly redirective techniques, which will also look more natural.
Registration: Cost is $25 to participate. Lunch is included. Due to limited space, advanced registration is recommended. Please RSVP online by clicking here, or by emailing Jenn Dreier, firstname.lastname@example.org.