Bow Creek Watershed Summer Events
Mark your calendars to attend the Bow Creek Watershed Project summer events!
Please complete the 2022 Bow Creek Watershed Field Day evaluation form. It will only take a few minutes to tell us how we did and make suggestions for the next events!
Join like-minded farmers on a visit to two of the leading regenerative ag research and education farms, and see how regenerative practices are implemented on real farms. Travel in style on a private coach equipped with Wifi, bucket seats, and a restroom. We will visit Dakota Lakes Research Farm in Pierre, SD, and Menoken Farm in Bismark, ND. Other stops will include working farms near the two research farms where you can talk with farmers and ranchers who have been putting conservation farming practices to work for decades. Kelly & Deanna Lozensky with Guardian Grains will join us to share how they are taking their regenerative products direct to consumers. Learn from their journeys as you navigate your own, putting profit and fun back into farming! This three-day, two-night event will include meals, double occupancy lodging, and travel - all for only $200/person! This event will meet the educational requirements for Bow Creek Watershed Contracts. Register now for the tour!
The Bow Creek Watershed contains 392,574 acres in portions of Cedar, Dixon, and Knox Counties. A rich history extends back to before the days of Lewis and Clark. Clark’s journal entry on August 26, 1804 mentions Bow Creek, writing, “above the mouth of this creek a Chief of the Maha Nation displeased with the conduct of Black Bird, the main cheif, came to this place and built a town which was called by his name Petite Arc (or Little Bow)...we gathered great quantities of grapes and three types of plumbs, one yellow round, one ovel and one the common wild plumb.”
In 2019, the Lewis & Clark NRD updated their Water Quality Assessment Plan and added Bow Creek as a priority area based on Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy Basin Rotation water quality testing. The 2016 Basin Rotation water quality testing showed elevated levels of sediment, phosphorus, nitrates and E. coli in Bow Creek. Working with FYRA Engineering, models were created to show the potential to decrease nonpoint source pollutants in Bow Creek by increasing the adoption of best management practices (BMPs) in priority Bow Creek sub-watersheds.
Those best management practices include, but are not limited to:
- Nutrient Management
- Cover Crop
- No-till Management
- Land Use Change: CRP or Riparian Buffer Strips
- Grazing Management Plans
- Livestock Exclusion Plans with Alternative Water Sources and Fencing
- Septic System Upgrades
Through grants from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, these BMPs are eligible for additional practice implementation and education payments through the Bow Creek Watershed Project. Practices must be part of approved conservation contracts to be eligible. Details for implementation of BMPs will be planned with NRCS technical assistance and Bow Creek programs will then be applied for through the LCNRD office. For more information contact:
Bow Creek Watershed Coordinator
Lewis & Clark NRD Office
608 N Robinson Ave., Hartington, NE 68739