Open house scheduled for SWCD’s Keil

Posted November 8, 2012 at 1:21 pm

The Jones Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) commissioners and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff announce they will be hosting an open house for Darcy Keil on Nov. 15. Darcy is hanging up his work boots after 12 years working with producers and landowners in three special watersheds in Jones County.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship – Division of Soil Conservation partnered with the Jones SWCD and NRCS to place Darcy in Jones County to improve water quality and soil loss conditions, initially in the Mineral Creek watershed. Darcy was previously employed in Jackson County doing similar work.

The Mineral Creek Water Quality project was the first priority watershed project in Jones County. After completion of this very successful project, partners moved on to the Big Bear Creek watershed, where Darcy also served as the watershed project coordinator and worked with many landowners to implement soil and water conservation practices on their farms.

A similar effort is now under way in the Farm Creek Watershed, where Darcy has been working with producers on implementing best management practices.

Commissioners and staff welcome the public to stop by and wish Darcy farewell from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the USDA Service Center, 300 Chamber Drive in Anamosa. Refreshments will be served.