Master River Stewards Program
JOHNSON COUNTY EDUCATION PROGRAMS, Johnson County
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Dates: Tuesday nights 5:30-9:30 p.m., May 9th - June 27th
Master River Stewards Program is an adult-education course that teaches about
watershed science, river and stream dynamics, aquatic habitat, water quality
and monitoring, land management strategies, water policy, stream restoration,
and paddling in Iowa. The program was developed by Iowa Rivers Revival, an
organization devoted to river awareness and conservation throughout the state.
As the program has grown, educators across the state have been trained and are facilitating
courses in multiple counties.
The goal of the Master River
Steward Program is to build a network of river advocates and experts in
organizations, agencies, and communities across the state to protect and
improve Iowa’s rivers in order to ensure a lasting resource for future
experts will lead each session. These experts include professors, government
agency professionals, scientists, and conservationists.
No background experience is necessary. Any adult with a deep
interest in learning about watershed issues is encouraged to sign up. Students
should be committed to learning, able to keep up with readings, and committed
to completing a follow-up watershed service project. Students will be required
to attend each session in order to become a certified Master River Steward.
There is a $50 course fee. This fee covers the cost of a
provided textbook and thumb drive filled with readings and resources.
Morrow (Johnson County Conservation Naturalist) at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Registration deadline is April
25th. Students will be accepted on a first-come basis, up to 20 students.
- May 9th - Course Introduction and Meet'n'Greet
- May 16th -Watershed Basics and Geology
- May 23rd - Watershed Form and Function
- May 30th - River Chemistry and Monitoring
- June 6th - Urban and Rural Land Management and Policy
- June 13th - Stream Restoration
- June 20th - Project Overview and Brainstorming
- June 27th - Paddling Iowa's Rivers
- TBD - Project Presentations