City of Dubuque

Soil Quality Restoration Demonstration at Valentine Park Moved to Oct. 4

Eric Schmechel
Urban Conservationist with the Dubuque Soil and Water Conservation District

Sept. 19, 2018 – For Immediate Release

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The public demonstration on soil quality restoration (SQR) at Valentine Park, 860 Valentine Dr. in Dubuque, has been moved to Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. due to rain. 

The demonstration, hosted by the Catfish Creek Watershed Management Authority (CCWMA) and the City of Dubuque, is education and promotion of a new cost share program that offers all landowners within the Catfish Creek Watershed financial incentives to install conservation practices on their property. 

The practice of soil quality restoration (SQR) is aimed at improving soil health by restoring organic matter and de-compacting tight clay soils. SQR improves stormwater infiltration, allows green spaces to absorb more water, and eliminates the need for additional fertilizers and chemicals on lawns. Demonstration attendees can learn the importance of healthy soils, how to achieve them, and how they can be used to meet stormwater requirements.

Landowners interested in applying for an SQR grant can find more information at The CCWMA will have roughly $100,000 to spend on SQR projects. After applications are approved, funding will come on a first-come basis until funds have been expended.  While the funding is available, SQR projects will be eligible for 75 percent of funding up to a maximum of $3,000 per home. The homeowner will be required to hire a certified contractor or become certified themselves (if doing the work themselves).

For additional information, contact Eric Schmechel at 920-327-0908.

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