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The Conservation Station is coming to Union County Fair

Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 11:37 a.m. CDT

AMES —The Conservation Station is coming to the Union County Fair 1 to 5 p.m. July 22. The fairgrounds are located at 901 E. Filmore in Afton.

The Conservation Station is a mobile learning center that travels across the state teaching all Iowans what they can do to improve water quality and keep Iowa’s soil in place — helping to build 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. Conservation Station team members use demonstrations, pictures, interactive displays and videos to convey the message that clean water and healthy soil is essential to everyone. The Conservation Station’s rainfall simulator demonstrates the effects that rainfall has on different surfaces in agricultural and urban environments. Water runoff and subsurface drainage are collected in clear jars to show what is coming off the various soil surface types such as heavily tilled soil, minimally tilled soil, and pervious pavement.

A visit to the Conservation Station is free.

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