We had a great turnout for our annual event, and made lots of connections. Special thanks to the Rural Urban Day committee: Rick Morris, Bob Regenwether, Chuck Paulsen, and Larry Steffens.
Our keynote speaker was Shane Wulf who works for the Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District serving as Miller Creek Water Quality Improvement Project Coordinator. Beginning in January 2014, the Miller Creek WQI Project began focusing on approximately 42,461 acres in Black Hawk and Tama Counties. Shane works with producers and landowners in the Miller Creek Watershed to implement agricultural best management practices. These BMPs are designed to help reach the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy goals of a 45% reduction in nitrogen and phosphorus loading. Shane grew up in southeastern Wisconsin and received a BS in Geography with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

This project has garnered State and National attention.   Former National Secretary Tom Vilsack has visited the project and met with all stakeholders.