League of Women Voters to host water quality program in Coralville

Study group formed with Leagues from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois

Water bubbles from the Upper Boyson spring in Marion. (Gazette file photo)
Water bubbles from the Upper Boyson spring in Marion. (Gazette file photo)

CORALVILLE — The Johnson County League of Women Voters hosts a program on water quality from 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 11 at the Coralville Public Library, 1401 Fifth St.

The public program, “Water Quality: Thinking Local,” features a panel discussion in the library’s Jean Schwab Auditorium.

Panelists are Marybeth Stevenson, an Iowa Department of Natural Resources environmental specialist; John Rathbun, Clear Creek Watershed coordinator in Johnson and Iowa counties for the Johnson County Soil & Water Conservation District; and Steve Berger, a Kalona farmer who uses cover crops on his farm to prevent erosion. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Eastern Iowa Leagues, including those in Johnson and Linn counties, have joined with other leagues in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois to form the Upper Mississippi River Region Inter-League Organization to work on river and water quality issues that affect all four states, the Johnson County group announced.

The League also cites a collaboration between the Johnson County Soil & Water Conservation District, Clear Creek Watershed Coalition, Center for Social and Behavioral Research and the University of Northern Iowa to gather information from people living in the watershed.

“The study is important and will help develop education and outreach activities to inspire action, improve water quality and better serve Johnson County residents,” a news release states.

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