The Cedar River Watershed Coalition Steering Committee is announcing the Winter 2019 Cedar River Watershed Coalition meeting, scheduled for Friday, February 22 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Kirkwood Community College – Benton County Center (111 W 3rd St, Vinton, IA). The event is free and the public is invited to learn about watershed improvement activities in Benton County. The meeting is of relevance to anyone with an interest in improved water quality and flood risk reduction. This will be the Coalition's first official meeting in Benton County and will be a great opportunity for citizens to meet conservation staff from local governments and partner organizations. The full meeting agenda is provided in the attachment.

The full meeting will begin at 1:00 pm with a welcome from the Coalition’s co-chairs, State Senator Rob Hogg and Vern Fish, President of the Black Hawk Creek Water & Soil Coalition. The City of Vinton Mayor Bud Maynard will provide opening remarks. Updates from local and state watershed partners will also be provided, including John Whitaker, the Executive Director of Conservation Districts of Iowa. The meeting will feature two panel presentations:

· Benton County Watershed Improvement

· Growing our Conservation Infrastructure - Scaling up Cover Crop Adoption

At 4:30 pm, an informal networking event will take place at La Reyna in Vinton (202 W. 4th St) for those who are interested.

The Cedar River Watershed Coalition was formed in February 2010, in response to the Flood of 2008. The Coalition involves the collaboration and cooperation of watershed stakeholders to reduce future flood risk, and improve water quality. More information about the Coalition is available here:

Financial support for this meeting is generously provided by the Iowa Corn Growers Association.

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