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Ceremony To “Break Ground” For Area Conservation Resource Enhancement Sites

By Staff | Aug 4, 2009

A cooperative program aimed at developing and preserving wetlands with an eye towards water quality will host a pair of “Ground Breaking” ceremonies next week in Palo Alto County. The Conservation Resource Enhancement Program, or CREP, will unveil two new sites in ceremonies Tuesday, August 4.

The Palo Alto Soil and Water Conservation District, along with the Iowa Department of Land Stewardship and Division of Soil Conservation and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency are joining forces to host the ceremonies for two wetland projects. Through CREP projects such as these, reductions of nitrates by 40 to 90 percent can occur in surface water.

The “ground breakings” will provide the public with an opportunity to view sites before construction actually begins, as well as providing a chance to learn more about CREP and how it can benefit the environment.

The first site is known at the Salton 7 site, and is located three miles west of Ayrshire on 420 Street. Ceremonies at Salton 7 will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The second site, the Opheim site, is located five miles east of Graettinger on county road B14 and then north on 480 Avenue. That ceremony is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m.

The ceremonies will be held rain or shine. Participants should be prepared to walk through tall grass to view the sites.

Anyone with questions on the ceremonies can contact Iowa CREP Field Coordinator Matt Lechtenberg at (515) 291-3857, or via email at:

matthew.lechtenberg@iowaagriculture.gov