The Community Meal Project is coming to the Longfellow Neighborhood


Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a pilot project in the Longfellow neighborhood.  The Community Meal Project (CMP) aims to promote dialogue within the community about urban conservation, local foods, and social and environmental impacts of food systems.


CMP will kick off this April with events on water conservation and management, followed by May events on gardening 101 and soil health, and much more throughout 2014. In spring of 2015 we’ll invite neighborhood and city-wide residents to a meal to network and dialogue about these pertinent issues and to celebrate community and food. 


Check out the local press!  CMP was recently highlighted in two local papers, the Press-Citizen and the Daily Iowan.

Thank you to ACT, Inc for the generous donation of $1,000 towards this project.


To see the upcoming April events click Here.


Rapid Creek Watershed Project Receives Funding

The Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) recently was awarded a grant of $247,650 from the Iowa Watershed Improvement Review Board for a project to address water quality issues in Rapid Creek.
The Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District is a partnership among conservationists and soil technicians from Johnson County government, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) that provides leadership for the enhancement of the county’s natural resources and quality of life. Johnson County’s Soil and Water Conservation Specialist Kate Giannini secured the funding.
“Our project will address water quality issues by implementing best management practices, funding a coordinator, and providing education and outreach to landowners,” said Giannini.
“This is a critical project that we’ve been working on since 2008. We’ve completed a detailed assessment of the watershed, identified priority areas and conducted water monitoring and analysis. The grant funding will allow us to implement our Watershed Management Plan and focus on nutrient reduction best management practices. During this three-year project, which is expected to kick off in July, we will work with private landowners to encourage voluntary implementation of cover crops, ponds, filter strips and other conservation practices. Thanks to the grant, landowners will be eligible to receive up to 75% financial assistance for installation,” Giannini explained. For more information about this project click here.


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We can help rural farmers and homeowners conserve soil and improve water quality through state and federal cost-share and incentive programs.

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Upcoming Events

April 23, 2014 5:30 PM • Iowa City Public Library, Room A
April 26, 2014 10:00 AM • Meet at South entrance of Longfellow School
April 26, 2014 11:00 AM • Iowa City Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St. Iowa City
April 29, 2014 • Radison Quad City Plaza, Davenport, IA
May 03, 2014 8:30 AM • University of Iowa Oakdale Campus: BioVentures Bldg 2500 Crosspark Road, Iowa City

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