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Oxbow restoration field day set Thursday

By Staff | Sep 23, 2015

WEBSTER CITY – The benefits of oxbow restorations will be outlined from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Humboldt County Conservation Board oxbow restoration site just north of Renwick, and again from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Ray Frye’s oxbow restoration site just north of Webster City.

An oxbow is a meander of a stream that has been cut off from the present flow of water.

Over time oxbows may fill in with sediment, and no longer provide the benefits that they once provided. A fully functioning oxbow provides a multitude of benefits such as habitat for fish and wildlife, floodwater storage, and removal of pollutants.

The Nature Conservancy in Iowa and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts are partnering to restore oxbows and monitor the benefits that they provide with current funding from Wells Fargo and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

To date 12 oxbows in the Boone River Watershed have been restored and NRCS said it has funding to restore from four to seven more this year.

For additional information, or to register contact Karen Wilke at The Nature Conservancy by email at kwilke@tnc.org or by calling (480) 678-2352.

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