Story County Conservation briefs

Staff Writer
Tri-County Times

River Clean Up

Join Story County Conservation and the Outdoor Alliance of Story County for a TEAM (Trail Enhancement and Management) Day on Saturday, Sept. 29, beginning at 11 a.m. Volunteers will be gathering debris as we float down the South Skunk River. If you like to work outdoors, don’t mind hard work and want hands-on experience – we’d like to see you on the river!

We’ll meet at Sleepy Hollow River Access (646 W. Riverside Road, Ames) and caravan to Peterson Access. The trip back to Sleepy Hollow should take three hours. Canoes, life jackets and light snacks will be provided. Please bring a lunch if desired and a full water bottle.

Children must be 10 years of age or older to participate in this river cleanup. Prior canoe experience is preferred but not required. This event may be rescheduled, changed or cancelled based on weather and river conditions.

Registration is required by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 to ensure enough tools and refreshments for everyone. Registration is available at or by calling our office at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday).

Learn How to Control Erosion on Your Property

Are you a landowner looking for solutions for minor to moderate erosion? Or someone who wants to learn more about erosion’s damaging effects on our landscape? Join us for Conservation Conversations & Practice: Gully Erosion Edition on Saturday, Oct. 13, 9:15 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Story County Conservation Center (56461 180th St., Ames).

The morning will be spent in conversation with experts from Prairie Rivers of Iowa, Iowa Conservation Corps and ISU Extension. After learning about water quality in Iowa and strategies to conserve our soils, we’ll put that newly-gained knowledge into practice by building a log-type erosion control structure in McFarland Park. This type of structure can easily be replicated on your own property by using materials you already have!

Please come prepared by wearing clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Bring a water bottle and work gloves. Lunch will be provided.

Fee of $15 with registration is required by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Registration is available at or by calling our office at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday).

For more information about this or other programs, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), email us at or visit