December Conservation on Tap

Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 7:00 pm

Conservation on Tap, December 5, 7:00 pm, The Historic Fortney.  Shows hand holding glass to be filled at a tap with

The December Conservation on Tap focuses on river systems. “Historic Changes to River Systems in the Driftless Area” is the title of our December Conservation on Tap presentation! Driftless Area streams have experienced a tremendous amount of change due to human activities over the past two centuries. This talk by Dr. Colin Belby will provide an overview of how European-American settlement and associated landcover change in the mid-19th century disrupted rainfall-runoff processes on the landscape, resulting in more frequent floods and altered stream channels. Despite the positive impacts of the soil conservation movement that had its origins in the Driftless Area in the 1920s, the legacy of past land management practices combined with an increased frequency of high intensity rainfall continues to affect present-day stream processes. The Conservation on Tap presentation takes place Tuesday, December 5, at 7:00 pm, at The Historic Fortney, 100 N. Main St., Viroqua, WI. Conservation on Tap is a FREE presentation series by experts on various aspects of Driftless area ecology and conservation. The goal of the series is to increase knowledge, connection to, and awareness of current conservation efforts and research.

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Dr. Colin Belby earned his PhD in Geography from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has taught courses on geomorphology, river systems, and field mapping in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (UWL) since 2009, and he currently serves as the Associate Director of the UWL River Studies Center. His research includes quantifying human impacts on river systems in southwestern Wisconsin, including floodplain sedimentation and contamination. He incorporates unmanned aerial systems, GPS, and sonar to quantify landscape change.

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Board Member on the Go!

Shows 4-member panel discussing farmers and conservationists coming together to protect watersheds

Our Board members help support our mission throughout the region. Valley Stewardship Network Board Vice-Chair Brad Robson was asked to be the Wisconsin representative on a farmer panel discussing how to build involvement of local farmers and conservation professionals in local watershed groups. He was invited by Sand County Foundation to take part in the panel discussion by the Leadership for Midwestern Watersheds annual conference in Mason City, IA, last week, where he also gave a presentation.
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Sponsor a Prairie!

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Support our efforts to spread prairies throughout our local watersheds.  Native prairie plants increase water infiltration and reduce sedimentation of our streams. We’re already planning for even more prairie planting in 2023, and you can help.

Sponsor a 1/4, 1/2, or full acre of seed for upcoming prairie planting projects.
Click below to donate seed and help us grow in 2023!

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These shirts make ideal gifts!  They were designed by local artists and depict local watersheds.  They are 100% organic cotton!

Now available in Women’s styles as well!

Visit our online shop to take a look at all five of our Valley Stewardship Network Watershed T-shirts!  Available in men’s and women’s styles.

We’re encouraging everyone to get to know their own watershed and all the people, plants and animals that are a part of it.

We have T-shirts for the Kickapoo, Bad Axe, Tainter Creek, Coon Creek, and West Fork of the Kickapoo watersheds.

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Explore your watershed

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