Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project

Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project The goal of the Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project is to improve the lake's water quality by working together to reduce sediment and phosphorus loading.

Badger Creek Lake is located in Madison County, approximately 4 miles southwest of Booneville, Iowa. Badger Creek Lake was constructed in 1980 as one of many flood control structures in the Badger Creek Watershed in Madison, Dallas, and Warren Counties. Currently, the lake and surrounding land is managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as a State Recreation Area and a Wildlife Management Area. Badger Creek Lake was added to Iowa's impaired waterways list in 1998 due to excessive sediment and phosphorus loading; the watershed project was initiated to address the impairments and improve water quality in the lake. The watershed project is supported by a grant through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act (administered by the EPA), the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) - Division of Soil Conservation (DSC), the Madison and Dallas Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The supporting agencies and organization have made this project possible, but our most important partners in this project are the landowners, residents, and tenants in the watershed. By working together, we can improve both the water AND land in the Badger Creek Lake Watershed! Contact Anna MacDonald at the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District for more information!

Mission: Our mission is to improve water quality in Badger Creek Lake by working together with farmers, landowners, and partners to implement best management practices that keep soil and nutrients on the land. Our goals are to REDUCE NONPOINT SOURCE POLLUTION to at or below TMDL levels in the watershed while maintaining agricultural productivity; MONITOR AND EVALUATE sediment and phosphorus loading reductions to Badger Creek Lake; and to EDUCATE the public and partners about the importance of lake and watershed improvement activities. VISION STATEMENT: Badger Creek Lake and its watershed will be a valuable natural resource by sustaining a healthy ecosystem, balancing quality of life, maintaining productivity and prosperity, and preserving and enhancing aquatic biodiversity.

Did you know... One of Iowa's 90+ CREP wetlands was built in Badger Creek Lake Watershed.  Find out about the good thing...
06/24/2020
Iowa Learning Farms

Did you know... One of Iowa's 90+ CREP wetlands was built in Badger Creek Lake Watershed. Find out about the good things it's doing during today's Iowa Learning Farms webinar at noon!

Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, June 24 at noon about the potential targeted wetland restorations have to reduce agricultural nutrient loads. William Crumpton speaks to a water quality field day group at a CREP wetland in Pocahontas County Over the past 15 years, over 90 wetlands have been restored through the Iowa Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).

06/19/2020
Soil Health Observations in a Cover Crop Field

For #IowaSoilHealthDay, here's a short video of our soil scientist pointing out some #SoilHealth indicators in a cover crop field in Badger Creek Lake Watershed earlier this spring:

https://youtu.be/qNN38vyyu6A

For Iowa Soil Health Day, we're sharing a video from earlier this spring, when Julie McMichael, NRCS Area Resource Soil Scientist for the Iowa SW Area, point...

This will be a great virtual field day!
06/19/2020
Iowa Learning Farms

This will be a great virtual field day!

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, Practical Farmers of Iowa and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual cover crop field day on Thursday, June 25 at 1pm CDT with video footage from the field and live interaction with farmers and researchers during the event.

Soil and Water Conservation Society
06/09/2020

Soil and Water Conservation Society

"Soil Conversation" is a comic strip that ran in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation between 1955 and 1967. The creator was USDA artist Felix Summers, whose one-panel strip often showed two crows commenting on a farmer's conservation practices, or lack thereof, and how they impacted the community. In honor of the SWCS 75th anniversary we are publishing classic "Soil Conversation" strips every week throughout the year! Let's see what's going on this week...

Source: Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Vol. 14, No. 2 (March, 1959), 80. SWCS archives.

Wow, look at the difference between the subwatershed with some best management practices vs. the subwatershed with BMPs ...
06/05/2020
Iowa Learning Farms

Wow, look at the difference between the subwatershed with some best management practices vs. the subwatershed with BMPs over the majority of the area!

The lessons learned about the value of stacking BMPs can apply to other watersheds, too!

Iowa Learning Farms hosted a webinar on Wednesday about the results of a long-term catchment-scale monitoring project in the Black Hawk Lake watershed. Michelle Soupir, Associate Professor at Iowa State University, shared the results from the project, which has collected flow and water quality data from paired catchments.

It's the last week of American Wetlands Month!  Why are wetlands incredible?  Watch this award-winning film by Water Roc...
05/26/2020

It's the last week of American Wetlands Month!

Why are wetlands incredible? Watch this award-winning film by Water Rocks (featuring some interviews and footage from the Martens CREP Wetland in the watershed) to find out!

https://youtu.be/H9XZwfCBEE4

Today's Iowa Learning Farms webinar on the importance of wetlands in Iowa is coming up in ~30 minutes.  Wetlands (such a...
05/20/2020
Iowa Learning Farms

Today's Iowa Learning Farms webinar on the importance of wetlands in Iowa is coming up in ~30 minutes.

Wetlands (such as the Martens CREP Wetland off Hwy 169 in the watershed) are a valuable practice for improving water quality, but provide other benefits as well :)

May is American Wetlands Month and Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, May 20 at 12pm CDT about the importance of wetlands in Iowa. Wetlands are important for all life in Iowa, due to the many ecosystem services they provide, such as water quality improvement, flood control and wildlife habitat.

It's American Wetlands Month!  Take a moment to read how wetlands can benefit Iowans...
05/19/2020
Iowa Learning Farms

It's American Wetlands Month! Take a moment to read how wetlands can benefit Iowans...

Iowa was once a mosaic of prairies, wetlands, rivers, and forests. Today, Iowa looks drastically different as agriculture now dominates the landscape. Fertile prairie and wetland soils, which are ideal for row crop agriculture, have paved the way to a booming agricultural industry and led to Iowa being one of the top corn and soybean producing states in the country.

Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District
05/18/2020
Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District

Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District

Did you know... Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May since 1949.

There are some good resources for farmers and ranchers on AgriSafe's website: learning.agrisafe.org/mental-health

There is also help available from the Iowa Department of Public Health: yourlifeiowa.org/mental-health/crisis-services

It’s last day of Air Quality Awareness Week! What do soil and water conservation have to do with air quality? You could ...
05/08/2020

It’s last day of Air Quality Awareness Week!

What do soil and water conservation have to do with air quality? You could ask someone who lived through the Dust Bowl, but there's still a relevant connection today.

We promote reduced tillage (and especially no-till) as a management practice that helps keep soil strong and resistant to erosion. Keeping the soil in place and minimizing runoff is the first step in reducing sediment and nutrient delivery to Badger Creek Lake!

Many farmers in the watershed use no-till or have reduced their tillage (either the number of passes, or the type of implement used), and certainly things have improved since the days of the moldboard plow!

For Air Quality Awareness Week, this is just a reminder that those efforts not only benefit soil and water quality, but they’re good for air quality, too!

To learn more about Air Quality Awareness Week, read the Iowa Department of Natural Resources news release here: https://www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/DNR-News-Releases/ArticleID/2983/Celebrate-and-learn-why-clean-air-is-important-during-Air-Quality-Awareness-Week-May-4-8

BTW, for your "Where's Waldo" challenge of the day, there *is* a tractor in that photo.

Before, During, and After pictures of a recently completed grade stabilization structure in the watershed!
05/07/2020

Before, During, and After pictures of a recently completed grade stabilization structure in the watershed!

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting a series of (free) Dam Safety webinars on Wednesdays at 12pm during ...
05/06/2020
DNR to host a series of dam safety webinars

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting a series of (free) Dam Safety webinars on Wednesdays at 12pm during the month of May.

Today's topic is: "Dams 101 and DNR Dam Safety Program"

Learn about how dams work, what are the critical parts and features, and how they are regulated in Iowa.

DES MOINES - In May, the DNR’s Dam Safety program will host four free webinars covering how dams work, how to design and maintain a dam, and more.

It’s Soil & Water Conservation Week!  Check out the article in this week’s Winterset Madisonian to learn more!What do po...
05/01/2020
National Association of Conservation Districts

It’s Soil & Water Conservation Week!

Check out the article in this week’s Winterset Madisonian to learn more!

What do pollinators have to do with water quality? Native plantings, which can help protect the soil and reduce runoff (think filter strips, buffers, HEL areas seeded down, etc.), can also provide valuable habitat for pollinators when a diversity of wildflowers are included in the seeding mix 🙂

Learn how Iowa's Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District is celebrating #NACDStewardshipWeek by encouraging people to plant pollinator gardens and restoring native habitats on farms with the help of cost-share programs: https://www.wintersetmadisonian.com/news/outdoors/madison-county-swcd-promotes-stewardship-week/article_22c6a388-8a29-11ea-ad1b-d7700d3f4100.html

Here's another throwback post for National Volunteer Week!  Our local Madison County Iowa Pheasants Forever Chapter has ...
04/24/2020

Here's another throwback post for National Volunteer Week!

Our local Madison County Iowa Pheasants Forever Chapter has been helping with habitat improvement efforts at Badger Creek over the past few years. Here's just one example from last spring.

Thanks to the Madison County Iowa Pheasants Forever Chapter for volunteering at Badger Creek WMA this morning!

It's National Volunteer Week!  Here's a throwback to last September when we cleaned up this fishing jetty for Iowa State...
04/24/2020

It's National Volunteer Week!

Here's a throwback to last September when we cleaned up this fishing jetty for Iowa State Parks Volunteer Day.

Fishing Jetty - Before and After

What 6 pairs of hands accomplished in 2 hours for Iowa State Parks Volunteer Day at Badger Creek State Recreation Area this morning!

It was a beautiful morning for it, too 🙂

Now there’s more room for fishing, and less chance of catching your line in a tree!

Earth Day was yesterday, but it's still Earth Week!  That means you still have about 26.5 hours left to participate in t...
04/23/2020

Earth Day was yesterday, but it's still Earth Week! That means you still have about 26.5 hours left to participate in the Earth Week Chalk Challenge (and enter to win a prize!).
Open to all ages!

We're kicking off WR! Earth Week with two awesome art contests (w/prizes)!
1. Create a sidewalk chalk masterpiece showing off your love for natural resources or ways you can help protect planet Earth 🌎
2. Gather interesting objects you find outside to create art from nature! 🍂

For more information check out https://www.waterrocks.org/earth-week-chalk-challenge

Artworks Studio
Iowa Environmental Council
Soil and Water Conservation Society

Happy Earth Day!Here's a relevant except from today's Iowa Learning Farms blog - a guest post by Steve Hopkins:"The firs...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day!

Here's a relevant except from today's Iowa Learning Farms blog - a guest post by Steve Hopkins:

"The first Earth Day, founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970, followed by the passage of the Clean Air Act that year, the Clean Water Act in 1972, and years later—in 1987—Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, a new program to provide funding and technical assistance to address nonpoint source pollution in the U.S. to help clean up rivers, lakes, and streams.

Iowa has actively participated in the Section 319 program. Since 1990, the Iowa DNR Watershed Improvement program has funded over 600 local, regional, and statewide clean water projects (mostly watershed projects) totaling over $100 million, through the EPA’s Section 319 grant program. Currently, the DNR provides $1.8 million annually to locally-led watershed projects to restore lakes, streams, and river segments in Iowa."

Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project has been one of those projects!

These cows loved grazing on this cereal rye cover crop in the watershed a couple weeks ago!Growing cover crops has a lot...
04/22/2020

These cows loved grazing on this cereal rye cover crop in the watershed a couple weeks ago!

Growing cover crops has a lot of benefits (preventing erosion, reducing runoff, improving water quality)... grazing cover crops provides even more benefits (for livestock and producers), but did you know that integrating livestock into the system is good for the soil?

To learn more, check out today's webinar from the Pasture Project at 2pm: "Grazing Cover Crops for Resilience – How Grazing Cover Crops Builds Resilience through Stimulating Soil Biology"

https://pastureproject.org/events/

"TOP 3 TIPS FOR COVER CROP TERMINATION" is today's topic for the first of this week's "Essential Row Crop Management" we...
04/06/2020
Join us April 6-10 for the "Essential Row Crop Management" Webinar Series! | Integrated Crop Management

"TOP 3 TIPS FOR COVER CROP TERMINATION" is today's topic for the first of this week's "Essential Row Crop Management" webinar series.

This short webinar will start at 1pm.

Extension specialists in Iowa and Minnesota are collaborating to provide a series of short, daily webinars for farmers, ag professionals, Extension personnel and other interested parties from April 6 to April 10. The theme is “Essential Row Crop Management" for spring 2020, with a focus on key top...

Check out the "Essential Row Crop Management" webinar series that Extension is offering each day next week.  They're goi...
04/03/2020
Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District

Check out the "Essential Row Crop Management" webinar series that Extension is offering each day next week.
They're going to be short!

Coming up next week: Iowa State University Extension is offering short (30 minutes or less!) daily webinars at 1pm.

Here's a quick snapshot of the topics:
April 6: “Top 3 tips for cover crop termination”
April 7: “Grain storage management for spring”
April 8: “Management of fertilizer spread patterns”
April 9: “Pre-emergence herbicide programs”
April 10: “Tillage options this spring”

Iowa Learning Farms
03/30/2020
Iowa Learning Farms

Iowa Learning Farms

Some timely tips for terminating cover crops this spring!

Update:  As of Monday, March 23, visitors are no longer permitted in USDA Service Centers, but staff are still providing...
03/26/2020

Update: As of Monday, March 23, visitors are no longer permitted in USDA Service Centers, but staff are still providing assistance via phone, email, and online tools.

In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, as of Monday, March 23, the Madison County USDA Service Center is open for business by phone appointment only (no visitors are allowed to enter offices).

For assistance, please call 515-462-2961 x3 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30) or leave a message.

For more information, please visit:
USDA: www.farmers.gov/coronavirus
IDALS: iowaagriculture.gov/covid-19

Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District
03/16/2020

Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District

Please note: To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the USDA is asking customers to limit visits to USDA Service Centers, and to schedule visits in advance. Additionally, visitors who answer "Yes" to any of these questions (see image) should not enter USDA facilities at this time.

To schedule an appointment, please call 515-462-2961.

Heads up about CRP General Sign-up Deadline... If you are interested, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment w...
02/18/2020
USDA Reminds Producers of Feb. 28 Deadline for Conservation Reserve Program General Signup

Heads up about CRP General Sign-up Deadline... If you are interested, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment with FSA as soon as possible.

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 18, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds agricultural producers interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) 2020 general signup that there is less than two weeks before the enrollment deadline of February 28, 2020. This signup is available to...

Glad that several Badger Creek farmers could make it to this event!
02/06/2020

Glad that several Badger Creek farmers could make it to this event!

Thanks to everyone who attended Grasslands, Livestock & Soil Health: Turning Grass Into Cash at the Jackson Building on February 4, 2020!

A big thank you to our sponsors: Madison County Farm Bureau, Iowa Corn, and Conservation Districts of Iowa!

The deadline for signing up for crop insurance discounts has been extended to January 31!
01/15/2020

The deadline for signing up for crop insurance discounts has been extended to January 31!

Did you plant cover crops last fall? Then you may be eligible for a $5/acre discount on your 2020 crop insurance premiums. The deadline to apply has been extended to January 31.
http://bit.ly/3a9VUi1 #IowaAg

Check out this workshop at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Madison County on Tuesday, January 28!  Lot o...
01/10/2020
Soil Test Interpretation & REcommendations Workshop | Madison County

Check out this workshop at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Madison County on Tuesday, January 28! Lot of good info, publications, copies of presentation, and lunch!

Pre-register by Friday, January 24 (two weeks from today).

Soil Test Interpretation & Recommendations Workshop

The Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference is coming up next week - there are lots of sessions on cover crops and s...
01/09/2020

The Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference is coming up next week - there are lots of sessions on cover crops and soil health (among a variety of other topics)!

PFI says: Pre-registration ends tonight at midnight! After tonight, we'll be taking walk-in only registrations, with an increased cost per day.

Register here: http://bit.ly/307koUp

Registration for the 2020 Annual Conference, Reclaiming Resilience is here! Mark your calendars for January 16-18, 2020. Visit our website to see information on sessions, speakers, short courses and more!

http://bit.ly/2qKYKYM

One week to go for cover crop users* to sign up for crop insurance discounts!*Acres applied with cost share are not elig...
01/08/2020
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

One week to go for cover crop users* to sign up for crop insurance discounts!

*Acres applied with cost share are not eligible.

The deadline for farmers who planted fall cover crops to sign up for a $5 per acre reduction on their 2020 crop insurance premiums is quickly approaching. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will accept applications until Jan. 15, 2020. Read more here.

We encourage everyone interested in CRP to attend these Informational Workshops today (even if you haven't RSVP'ed). Jus...
01/07/2020

We encourage everyone interested in CRP to attend these Informational Workshops today (even if you haven't RSVP'ed). Just take note that the location for the MORNING session has changed to the JACKSON BUILDING.

The location for the morning session has been MOVED to the Jackson Building. The evening session will still be at the Extension Office.

All are welcome to attend (even if you didn't RSVP).

Address

815 E State Highway 92
Winterset, IA
50273

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(515) 462-2961

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