The soil conservation effort began when farmers started to feel the negative effects of their extreme overuse of the land. The soil had become barren and was easily blown away, causing a period that is now known as The Dust Bowl.
Explore the impact we’ve made on central Iowa through our efforts to preserve and protect the resources that support farming and agriculture.
To help Iowans protect their natural resources, Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District offers a variety of cost-share funding to help pay for approved and appropriate conservation practices.
Conservation practices are the ways that people are able to help the earth and try to prevent damage. Explore more below if you’re interested in learning more about the practices themselves, and the methods we use to protect the earth.
Find my watershed!
Financial assistance is available throughout Polk County, depending on where you live, to help cover the cost of implementing stormwater water management practices such as rain barrels, soil quality restoration, and rain gardens. Be part of the #RainCampaign aimed at improving water quality in our community by implementing stormwater practices in your own backyard!
Each program differs in the amount of financial assistance provided and the types of practices funding can be used for. Learn more here.
Polk Soil and Water
1513 North Ankeny Blvd., Suite 3
Ankeny, IA, 50023
Polk Soil and Water Conservation District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider.
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