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
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.
"As Larry Weber with the Iowa Flood Center explains, the goal is to slow the water down and take the peak off the hydrograph so that the impact of heavy rainfall is not so severe," Friest said.
"We have watched homes, valuable farmland, roads, bridges and even entire communities wash downstream in the Turkey River Watershed," Friest
"We can work together as a watershed team to address flooding before more devastation occurs rather than react to flooding after it causes millions of dollars in damage."
For more information, call Turkey River Watershed coordinator Brad Crawford or Friest at (563) 864-7112 or visit www.turkeyriver.org.
Lora Friest, Northeast Iowa RC&D Executive Director, reported that public meetings throughout the watershed in Elkader, Cresco, West Union and Calmar have been well attended with as many as 60 participants.
staff and TRWMA
Executive Committee members have also been meeting with county Farm Bureau Boards and producer group representatives including the Iowa Corn Growers.
noted that, "Attendees have many questions but have been very receptive.