Learn About Watershed-Scale Soil Conservation Methods

ILF webinar to focus on putting right soil and water conservation practices in right place to help improve water quality.

Published on: Oct 11, 2013

The Iowa Learning Farms' monthly webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 16 at 11:30 a.m. Mark Tomer, research soil scientist at USDA's National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, located on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, will be the guest presenter.

The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect. The series is held on the third Wednesday of each month. A computer with Internet access is all that is needed for you to tune-in and participate.

Tomer will talk about a watershed scale planning framework that is based on a set of computerized mapping tools to help improve water quality. The mapping tools identify where different types of conservation practices can be used in watersheds to improve water quality. The output can help conservation planners and landowners develop a set of planning alternatives, with each map showing how a selected suite of conservation practices can be distributed to address key pollutant pathways in both surface and subsurface-drained landscapes.

CHOOSING AND USING: Putting the most effective conservation practices to work in your watershed makes sense. Iowa Learning Farms October 16 webinar will explain new watershed mapping tools which look at where conservation practices could be placed to better address water quality in surface and subsurface-drained landscapes.
CHOOSING AND USING: Putting the most effective conservation practices to work in your watershed makes sense. Iowa Learning Farms' October 16 webinar will explain new watershed mapping tools which look at where conservation practices could be placed to better address water quality in surface and subsurface-drained landscapes.

Using new technology to plan the placement of conservation practices can improve the effectiveness of water quality protection

Dr. Mark Tomer is a research soil scientist with the National Laboratory for Ag and the Environment, part of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, based in Ames, Iowa. His research is focused on developing watershed-based tools for planning the placement of conservation practices, and understanding how geographic analyses and water quality data can provide guidance for improving conservation effectiveness in watersheds.

To connect to the webinar, go to: connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ at 11:30 a.m. on the morning of the webinar and log in using the guest option. If the federal government is still shut down on the day of the webinar, there will still be a webinar but with an alternative speaker. The ILF website contains links for archived webinars from all previous sessions. The webinar archive is also available in a podcast through iTunes.

Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.

NOTE: The ILF webinar is set for Wednesday, October 16 at 11:30 a.m., featuring Dr. Mark Tomer with the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment.  He'll talk about his work with watershed scale mapping tools used to identify where conservation practices could be placed to address water quality in surface and subsurface-drained landscapes. If the federal government is still shut down on Oct. 16, a webinar will still be held, but with an alternative speaker.