Ross Evelsizer Honored as a New Voice in Water Quality

Ross Evelsizer, Natural Resources Projects Director for Northeast Iowa RC&D, has been honored as a New Voice in Water Quality by the Conservation Learning Group, a think tank based at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dedicated to addressing conservation and environmental challenges.

The award, inaugurated in 2022, recognizes Iowans who have shown a commitment to advancing conversations, taking action, and advocating for water quality improvements that benefit all Iowans within the past 10 years.

“Each of these individuals was nominated by peers and recognized for their efforts, achievements and passion for improving and restoring water quality,” said Jacqueline Comito, Conservation Learning Group program director.

Evelsizer’s contributions to protecting and improving Northeast Iowa’s waters are wide-ranging. He has facilitated watershed and landscape resiliency planning for the Turkey, Upper Iowa, and Wapsipinicon watersheds, leading to the installation of dozens of best management practices that have reduced the impact of flooding and improved water quality in the region. He has also been instrumental in helping Northeast Iowa farmers expand their agricultural production through multi-cropping, working with growers to implement cropping systems that project soil heath, reduce flooding, and improve water quality while expanding market opportunities by planting and harvesting multiple crops from the same field in the same growing season. 

For more information, contact Ross or call (563) 864-7112.

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