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Stream sign project featured at national SWCS conference

By Staff | Jul 16, 2013

CARROLL – The Carroll County project that placed 62 creek signs at 31 stream crossings on county and state highways will get national attention later this month.

The project will be featured as a local example of active conservation awareness at the Soil and Water Conservation Society national convention in Reno, Nev., July 22 to July 24.

It will be highlighted in poster form that allows conference attendees to get a brief synopsis of the project and leads them to additional information for implementation details.

“One of the attractive features of our stream sign project was that it was accomplished by the cooperation of many groups of ordinary people,” said John Klein, local coordinator for the project and an unpaid volunteer for the Carroll Soil and Water Conservation District.

The SWCS, he said, is mostly comprised of technical and academic professionals or agency administrators.

“They typically show the results of years of highly technical work in the conservation management world,” Klein said. “Our project is low tech. It reaches thousands of people daily, and because of the wonderful local partnerships we received, it was also low cost.”

The partners in the stream project were the conservation district, Timmerman Trust Fund, Renze Trust Fund, Community Foundation of Carroll County, Iowa Department of Transportation, Carroll County Secondary Roads Department, Carroll County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Carroll County Conservation Board, Carroll County Board of Supervisors, and the cities of Carroll, Coon Rapids, Lidderdale and Breda.

The project was conducted in three phases during 2011, 2012 and completed during spring 2013.

“We hope other groups interested in conservation will want to replicate our success in this local project in their county,” Klein said. “This will give the project nationwide visibility. We expect to get calls from anywhere.”

For more information Klein can be contacted at (712) 792-1212, ext. 113.

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