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.

"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).

Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District
01/03/2020

Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District

Don't forget about the CRP Informational Workshops next Tuesday! If you haven't already RSVP'ed, we would encourage you to attend the evening session (the daytime session is already pretty full).

Wishing all of our partners and cooperators a very happy new year, and a good start to the next decade!
01/01/2020

Wishing all of our partners and cooperators a very happy new year, and a good start to the next decade!

Read this Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship news release for a summary of this crop insurance discount...
12/30/2019
Farmers Using Cover Crops Can Sign Up for Crop Insurance Discounts until Jan. 15, 2020 | Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Read this Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship news release for a summary of this crop insurance discount opportunity for cover crop users.

Spoiler alert: acres enrolled in federal or state cost share programs are not eligible. However, if you did acres on your own, you may be interested in this.

More information is available on the Clean Water Iowa website: https://www.cleanwateriowa.org/covercropdemo

Farmers Using Cover Crops Can Sign Up for Crop Insurance Discounts until Jan. 15, 2020 DES MOINES, Iowa (Dec. 30, 2019) - Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig reminds farmers who planted fall cover crops that the deadline to sign up for a $5 per acre reduction on their 2020 crop insurance premium...

Keep these ice safety tips in mind this winter...
12/20/2019
Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Keep these ice safety tips in mind this winter...

Remember:
❄️ no ice is 100% safe
🎣 at least 4 inches of clear ice for fishing
⚙️ at least 5 inches for snowmobiles and ATVs

The 4th Annual Northeast Madison County Christmas Bird Count is coming up next Thursday, December 19th.  Most of Badger ...
12/13/2019

The 4th Annual Northeast Madison County Christmas Bird Count is coming up next Thursday, December 19th.

Most of Badger Creek Wildlife Management Area and State Recreation Area are included in the count circle, as well as a large area of the watershed.

For more information, check out the event page! https://www.facebook.com/events/731844030636693/

Happy Thanksgiving!We are thankful for our cooperators and partners!
11/27/2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are thankful for our cooperators and partners!

This watershed project relies on funding from several sources, one of which is REAP - Iowa's Resource Enhancement And Pr...
11/15/2019

This watershed project relies on funding from several sources, one of which is REAP - Iowa's Resource Enhancement And Protection fund.

We encourage you to consider attending the REAP Assembly - Region 14 at Three Mile Lake Lodge next Tuesday. The assemblies give "all Iowans an opportunity to share and discuss their visions for Iowa’s outdoor recreation, soil and water enhancement, historical resources and land management and more."

All of this cold weather has frozen Badger Creek Lake into a glassy sheet of ice.
11/13/2019

All of this cold weather has frozen Badger Creek Lake into a glassy sheet of ice.

#NoTillNovember is here!
11/01/2019

#NoTillNovember is here!

Today is the day! Time to put the razors and the tillage equipment away. #NoTillNovember is here. Help us celebrate with @IowaNRCS and #Keepthestubble.

We spent Monday afternoon with project partners from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE...
10/31/2019

We spent Monday afternoon with project partners from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE), the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

We visited practices on state land around Badger Creek Lake (grade stabilization structures, prairie strips, brush management, etc.), talked about future projects (treating additional gullies and shoreline erosion), then toured the watershed and viewed conservation practices on private land (terraces, grassed waterways, cover crops, etc.), and ended with a visit to the Martens CREP Wetland.

Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District
10/28/2019
Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District

Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District

Did you know... It's Bat Week!

All nine of our bat species in Iowa are protected, but Madison County is within the range of two federally listed bat species - the Indiana Bat (federally endangered) and the Northern Long-Eared Bat (federally threatened).

One of our jobs when planning for conservation practices (such as brush management, grade stabilization structures, etc.) is to ensure that we are not negatively affecting federally listed species or their habitat.

We partnered with the Madison County Conservation Board, For Lands Sake!, and the Izaak Walton League of America to orga...
10/21/2019

We partnered with the Madison County Conservation Board, For Lands Sake!, and the Izaak Walton League of America to organize a "Save Our Streams" water quality monitoring workshop in Winterset on Saturday, October 19th.

After a morning spent in the classroom learning and taking a test, the group went to Middle River Park to learn how to monitor water quality in streams.

To learn more about Save Our Streams, visit https://www.iwla.org/conservation/water/save-our-streams

We partnered with the Madison County Conservation Board, For Lands Sake!, and the Izaak Walton League of America to organize a "Save Our Streams" water quality monitoring workshop in Winterset on Saturday, October 19th.

After a morning spent in the classroom learning and taking a test, the group went to Middle River Park to learn how to monitor water quality in streams.

To learn more about Save Our Streams, visit https://www.iwla.org/conservation/water/save-our-streams

It's not too late to sign up for the Save Our Streams: Winterset, IA workshop tomorrow!  Looks to be a beautiful day to ...
10/18/2019

It's not too late to sign up for the Save Our Streams: Winterset, IA workshop tomorrow!

Looks to be a beautiful day to get trained as a certified SOS water quality monitor :)

We can all benefit from clean water!

To be informed and responsible citizens, we need to know what’s going on in our waters. Save Our Streams is a volunteer water quality monitoring program that monitors the chemistry, physical appearance, and biological diversity of streams. You can share your results with friends, community members, and local government with our public online database.

There will be a Save Our Streams: Winterset, IA training event on Saturday, October 19th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You will leave equipped with the knowledge of how to effectively monitor your local streams, a network of like-minded individuals in the area, and the ability to participate in citizen-led statewide (and nation-wide!) water monitoring program! The data collected through the SOS program is also submitted to the EPA for use in state and federal decision-making.

If you are interested, you can learn more and register online at www.WintersetSaveOurStreams.eventbrite.com, visit the Izaak Walton League of America website www.iwla.org/sos, or email SOS Coordinator Zach Moss at [email protected].

10/14/2019

The Save Our Streams: Winterset, IA training workshop is this Saturday (and the weather is looking nice!). Check out the event info to learn more!

Our “office” for the better part of the day... we presented about watersheds to three Winterset High School biology clas...
10/10/2019

Our “office” for the better part of the day... we presented about watersheds to three Winterset High School biology classes today!

It was a good rainy day to talk about how water moves through a watershed!

With all the rain we've had, now's a good time to check out the Daily Erosion Project's Interactive Map.You can see esti...
10/02/2019

With all the rain we've had, now's a good time to check out the Daily Erosion Project's Interactive Map.

You can see estimates for precipitation, runoff, and erosion for HUC 12 watersheds across the state (and beyond).

www.dailyerosion.org/

Fishing Jetty - Before and AfterWhat 6 pairs of hands accomplished in 2 hours for Iowa State Parks Volunteer Day at Badg...
09/28/2019

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!

We've arranged to get a hayrack ride to the Martens CREP Wetland when we stop at the McBroom-Hargis Barn during the Madi...
09/27/2019

We've arranged to get a hayrack ride to the Martens CREP Wetland when we stop at the McBroom-Hargis Barn during the Madison County WLL Barn Tour + Potluck tomorrow afternoon (sometime between 2:15 and 3:00, if the weather holds).

The Iowa State Barn Foundation's All-State Tour is open to the public; all are welcome to visit the barn and the wetland :)

For more information, visit: http://www.iowabarnfoundation.org/tours/fall-tour.htm

Join volunteers across the state to lend a hand on public land!We're having a Volunteer Day at Badger Creek on Saturday ...
09/26/2019

Join volunteers across the state to lend a hand on public land!

We're having a Volunteer Day at Badger Creek on Saturday morning - we'll be cutting woody vegetation and picking up litter at Badger Creek State Recreation Area (east side).

Saturday is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Iowa State Parks* Volunteer Day. Badger Creek is not a state park, but the State Recreation Area is managed as part of the park system, which will be celebrating its centennial in 2020!

For World Water Monitoring Day, here are some photos from our adventures in water sampling over the last few years...We ...
09/18/2019

For World Water Monitoring Day, here are some photos from our adventures in water sampling over the last few years...

We collect grab samples for Total Suspended Solids, Total Phosphorus, and Orthophosphate, which we deliver to the State Hygienic Lab for analysis.

You can see that we've encountered a wide range of water clarity conditions over the past few years. We also encounter a lot of frogs.

"Farmer Health & Opioid/Suicide Prevention" is today's theme for National Farm Safety & Health Week, so we wanted to sha...
09/17/2019
Farm Crisis Center

"Farmer Health & Opioid/Suicide Prevention" is today's theme for National Farm Safety & Health Week, so we wanted to share this resource for those experiencing tough times:

A national resource center for farmers in crisis.

09/16/2019
N.C. Farm Bureau

Here's a short, but important reminder for Farm Safety & Health Week!

Farm Safety says,"Following a tractor for 2 miles will only delay you 90 seconds to your destination. ... When you see a tractor, SLOW DOWN!"

Planting and harvest seasons often find tractors and equipment on rural roadways. Craig Mayes, Cleveland County Farm Bureau invites you to Shift Farm Safety into High Gear. Share some of your roadway safety tips with your family and friends during National Farm Safety and Health Week September 16-20.
American Farm Bureau Federation

It's National Farm Safety & Health Week, with themes and webinars for each day.  Today's theme is Tractor Safety and Rur...
09/16/2019

It's National Farm Safety & Health Week, with themes and webinars for each day. Today's theme is Tractor Safety and Rural Roadway Safety, and today's webinar starts at noon.

More info on webinars here: https://www.agrisafe.org/nfshw-2019

Take advantage of this Pasture Tour & Field Day in Madison County!  Don't forget to RSVP by tomorrow.
09/12/2019

Take advantage of this Pasture Tour & Field Day in Madison County! Don't forget to RSVP by tomorrow.

The Iowa Forage and Grassland Council's Pasture Tour & Field Day, hosted by Justin and Corinne Rowe (Rowe's Red Cows) just southwest of Winterset, is coming up next Tuesday, September 17th in the evening. Don't forget to RSVP by tomorrow for the free meal!

More info here: https://iowaforage.org/2019/08/join-us-september-17/

We're getting excited about the Soil Health Workshop coming up in two weeks!  Everyone (especially farmers, landowners, ...
09/10/2019

We're getting excited about the Soil Health Workshop coming up in two weeks!

Everyone (especially farmers, landowners, gardeners, and water quality enthusiasts) should come!

Don't forget to RSVP by next Tues. Sept. 17!

Our Soil Health Workshop is just two weeks away! We can't wait to have Doug Peterson and our local producer panel share their knowledge and experiences with soil health and the practices that improve it!

There will be a free lunch, so we're requesting RSVPs by next Tuesday, September 17th. Call 515-462-2961 x3 to let us know you're coming!

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

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(515) 462-2961

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