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Unique conservation day planned for Tunquist site

Thursday, May 25, 2006

A Conservation Field Day will be held June 14 at 5 p.m., sponsored by Trees Forever and the Buena Vista Soil and Water Conservation District.

Tge event will be held at the Turnquist family farm June 14 to learn more about buffers, boulder weirs and other conservation practices that are helping Storm Lake.

Guest speakers include:

* Richard Schultz, Iowa State University - Maintenance projects for riparian buffers

* Kim Proctor, Storm Lake Water Quality Coordinator - Function, installation and benefits of boulder weirs

* Dinner by the BV Pork Producers will be provided.

What's a boulder weir? Boulder weirs help reduce downcutting of the channel, prevent nickpoints, and slow a headcut in Powell Creek. By installing a series of three weirs, soil loss was reduced by 116.1 tons per year. Learn more about the practice, the water quality benefits, and how to install them.

For their conservation work, the Turnquist family received the 2005 Trees Forever Buffers and Beyond Award. With this award, they were offered cost share to complete maintenance on their riparian buffer. This year after the installation of the boulder weirs, Alta sixth graders planted 240 trees and shrubs to replace a section that had beaver and deer damage. Trees were trimmed and removed to improve the function and quality of the riparian buffer.The Turnquist family farm is located north of Alta on 60th Ave., one mile north of Highway 7. For more information on the field day, contact: Kimberly Proctor, 161 N Lake Ave, Storm Lake, (712)732-3096 or kimberly. proctor@ia.nacdnet.net

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