Dr. Eugene S. Takle, the lead co-author of the agriculture chapter of the US National Climate Assessment released this spring, will speak to landowners at the Rathbun Land and Water Alliance’s 9th Annual Protect Rathbun Lake Meeting to be held 5:30 pm, September 11 in Allerton.
Takle, who serves as Iowa State University’s Climate Science Program Director, will discuss climate change in Iowa with emphasis on precipitation and stream flow changes over the next 50 years.
The Alliance organizes the yearly event for the landowners whose farms are located on land that drains into Rathbun Lake.
Lucas County is one of six southern Iowa counties located in the watershed where more than 550 landowners have now worked with the project to install practices that keep contaminants out of Rathbun Lake. The lake is the water source for Rathbun Regional Water Association that provides drinking water to 80,000 people to 18 counties including Lucas County residents.
Of the more than $26 million that has been contributed by project partners to implement best management practices in the watershed, nearly $4 million has been contributed by landowners themselves.
Since the project began in 2004, 1,279,764 feet of terraces and 523 grade stabilization structures and basins have been constructed. These and other conservation practices installed by landowners prevent nearly than 42,000 tons of sediment from entering Rathbun Lake each year.
The evening begins with a grilled steak supper prepared by the Appanoose County Cattlemen followed by the presentation of the 2014 Rathbun Lake Protector recipients. Rathbun Lake Watershed landowners are encouraged to return their rsvp card to be entered into several prize drawings to be held throughout the night.
For more information about the Rathbun Land and Water Alliance, contact Velvet Buckingham at 641.872.1350.