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Big Creek Lake was created in 1972 and this year celebrates its 41st birthday. The second annual Big Creek Appreciation Day will be held near the beach and is free and open to the public.
The watershed appreciation event will have several activities for attendees to visit, including presentations by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) about the fishery at the lake, what species of fish live in the lake and how the fish survive, or die, in poor water conditions. Boat tours of the lake will be offered and a fishing clinic with the Central Iowa Anglers will be available, plus more! The Iowa Pork Producers Association will provide pork burgers as part of the free lunch. Visitors will also learn about the progress of the Big Creek Lake Watershed Improvement Project.
The Iowa Learning Farms' Conservation Station will also be at the event. The Conservation Station is a mobile learning center that travels across the state teaching all Iowans how they can help to improve water quality and keep Iowa’s soils in place—building a Culture of Conservation.
Visitors to the Conservation Station can learn why Iowa’s water and soils are precious and how to help preserve these natural resources for future generations. The Conservation Station’s rainfall simulator demonstrates the effects of rainfall on different land surfaces. Water runoff and subsurface drainage are collected in clear jars to show what is coming off the various soil scenarios including heavily tilled soil, minimum tillage and pervious pavement.
The Leopold Center collaborates with Iowa Learning Farms, a a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.
Iowa Learning Farms website