Session Recordings and Presentations
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Panel members were briefed on background information through a series of webinars.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - Monitoring and Modeling
Monday, June 7, 2010 – Land Tenure & Current Levels of BMP Implementation
June 2010 Ag Best Management Practices Expert Panel Meeting
The first full day of the expert panel began with roundtable introductions and panelists’ perceptions of the Sunday evening producer reception. After start-up activities, the group listened to three presentations on Best Management Practices (BMPs). including Conservation Buffers, Bioreactors, and No/Reduced Tillage Systems. Following the day meeting, the group traveled to a field site near Fonda for a tour and discussion of strip till and precision agriculture. The day’s activities concluded with a dinner reception and networking with representatives of various ag organizations at Grant Park near Auburn.
Tuesday’s expert panel began with a review and discussion of farm ponds as a best management practice within the watershed. The remainder of the morning was spent reviewing practices for management of animal manure application and feedlot runoff. The afternoon’s activities included presentations and discussion on nitrate removal wetlands, as well as a visit to a Calhoun County field site to tour the same. In the evening, the group had dinner with representatives from various environmental organizations at a farm near Willey.
Wednesday’s meeting began with the panel listening to and asking questions of livestock farmers from the watershed. Following the discussion, the group listened to a presentation on various fertilizer rate and timing methods as best management practices. The group participated in presentations and discussion of the use of cover crops as a management practice after lunch. The expert panel was then divided into small groups to rate each best management practice against ten decision criteria. In the evening, the group traveled to Whiterock Conservancy for dinner and discussion with members of the Raccoon River Watershed Association.
The final day of the expert panel meeting began with small group discussion and analysis of Wednesday’s ranking results of best management practices. Each small group then developed their own recommendations and priorities for practice implementation. Before lunch the large group reconvened and listened to each group’s recommendations. The afternoon concluded with large group discussion and consensus building on which practices hold the most promise for maintaining and restoring an environmentally and economically sustainable watershed.
Nutrient Trading Listening Session
American Farmland Trust hosted a nutrient trading listening session with producers in the Raccoon River watershed. The concept and reality of private markets for environmental benefits generated by well-managed farmland were discussed as well as how these markets might work in Iowa. The group identified barriers to participation, discussed suggestions for structure and format, and identified groups to engage in participation.
October 2010 Non-Ag Expert Panel Meeting
A two-day Non-ag Best Management Practice (BMP) Expert Panel was held October 18 and 19, 2010 to evaluate non-agricultural best management practices. The group of twenty-three stakeholders, scientists, and policy makers worked together to better understand and prioritize practices that could help to restore and maintain water quality in the watershed. The group considered a wide-range of water quality BMPs for both storm water and wastewater management in different size communities throughout the Raccoon River basin.
December 2010 Modeling Meeting
A meeting was held in Ames on December 9, 2010 to review results of the SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool) modeling conducted by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University. A group of twenty stakeholders, scientists, and policy makers listened to a presentation by CARD reviewing preliminary results of the assessment.
March 2011 Implementation Expert Panel Meeting
A two-day expert panel was held March 17-18, 2011 in Perry, Iowa. The meeting began Thursday with a wrap-up of the ag BMP expert panel in June. The group was presented with the proposed outline for the master plan, discussed the SWAT modeling results, and reviewed recommendations from the ag BMP. In the afternoon, the focus switched to exploring various watershed management organizational structures.
Friday the group explored the possibility of implementing a regional watershed management organization within the Raccoon River Watershed. The group identified barriers to implementation and visioned possible solutions for implementation.