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Capital Crossroads, alliance to host July 19 water quality forum


Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance and Capital Crossroads are collaborating to promote awareness and action for support of improved water quality in the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers. The partners will co-host “An Exchange for Ag and City Leadership” to be held July 19 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at Heartland Co-op in Dallas Center. Presenters will include Des Moines Public Works Director Jonathan Gano, Polk Soil and Water Conservation District Watershed Coordinator John Swanson, and Craig Orr and Thomas Fawcett of Heartland Co-op. Attendees will also visit a wetland on the Tim Minton farm, which is enrolled in the state’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. “This exchange between ag and city leaders will develop an understanding of what priorities are, actions being taken and potential opportunities for better coordination in the future,” said Nikki Syverson, director of Capital Crossroads. RSVPs are recommended to ensure breakfast and tour accommodations to the wetland site. Register the number of people in your party by July 17 via email to sderscheid@iasoybeans.com or 515-334-1063. 

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