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Rotarians hear about area ecology

September 10, 2010
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer

Estherville Rotarians Thursday heard about efforts to improve water quality and the environment.

Seana Godbold and Loren Ehlers of the local Natural Resource Conservation Service talked about conservation efforts locally. Godbold is watershed coordinator for the east fork of the Des Moines River while Ehlers is a conservation technician for NRCS.

Godbold said possible upcoming projects are wetland restoration to trap nutrients and a farmable wetlands program.

She noted some record fish catches in Tuttle Lake. "People have come from multiple states around to fish Tuttle Lake," she said.

Godbold said there has been a lot of cooperation in developing the east fork watershed, from both Minnesota and Iowa.

Ehlers said farmers in the lower Des Moines watershed have received payments for nutrition management through the Missouri River Basin Initiative. He believes the program could move upriver into Emmet County.

Ehlers also discussed the NRCS windbreak program. which offers a 75 percent cost share for both farmers and nonfarmers who have room for three-row windbreaks.



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