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Lora Friest

Executive Director

Northeast Iowa RC&D Inc

HQ Phone: (563) 864-7112

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Northeast Iowa RC&D Inc

101 E. Greene Street

Postville, Iowa 52162

United States

Company Description

Northeast Iowa RC&D is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to, "Recognize opportunities and provide leadership to make Northeast Iowa a vibrant, place-based model for the nation!" We provide assistance to individuals, organizations, and ... more

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Northeast Iowa RC&D | Contact Northeast Iowa RC&D Staff [cached]

Please contact Lora Friest, Executive Director at (563) 864-7112.

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Flood Mitigation | [cached]

The project's goal is to create state-of-the-art hydrological modeling of the water flowing through the Turkey River Watershed, said Lora Friest, executive director of Northeast Iowa RC&D in Postville.

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We know we'll be telling some compelling stories," says Lora Friest, Executive Director of Northeast Iowa RC&D.

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John Finley, district field manager with Iowa Corn, said Lora Friest with Northeast Iowa RC&D and the Turkey River Watershed Management Authority met with five corn grower members from Clayton County, and a larger meeting with Clayton, Fayette and Winneshiek County members is planned once planting is completed.

McCartney said Finley, who is from Elkader, has done an excellent job of working with Friest to coordinate feedback between corn growers and the WMA.

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Lora Friest, executive director of Northeast Iowa RC&D in Postville, said the WMA builds on work by the Turkey River Watershed Alliance, an informal collaborative of private and public organizations including four SWCDs, four counties, Iowa DNR and NRCS that has worked together in the watershed for nearly three years.

"It's much more difficult to get state and federal funding for private conservation if you don't have water monitoring data, and so this group came together long before the authority to work together to make it happen," Friest said.
"This group will only do things that are voluntary based," Friest said. "They don't want to force anyone to do anything. They would like to provide the opportunity and have the funding come in to SWCDs and communities so that communities and landowners across the watershed can implement voluntary conservation practices."
Friest said that participants feel that what they're doing can be a model for the nation.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority in November selected the Turkey River Watershed as one of three to develop a flood reduction plan that could be used as a model for other watersheds.
TRWMA representatives from participating governmental bodies are exploring opportunities and partnerships and discussing how to engage watershed residents in the development of a watershed flood reduction plan that local residents will embrace, Friest said. They are working closely with local SWCDs and the Turkey River Watershed Alliance, as well as local producers, producer groups, landowners and community members.
Four public meetings held across the watershed this spring were well attended, and more are planned, Friest said. RC&D staff and TRWMA executive committee members also met with county Farm Bureau boards and producer group representatives including the Iowa Corn Growers.
"Attendees have many questions but have been very receptive," Friest said. "They seem to recognize that if everyone does something, together we can make a difference reducing flooding and improving water quality."
After a meeting in Cresco, four farmers stopped at the Howard County SWCD office to find out how they could help, Friest said.

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