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Stream and Watershed Integrated Management (SWIM)

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The next SWIM Workshop will be held July 11-13, 2022 at Whiterock Conservancy Coon Rapids, IA.

The Stream and Watershed Integrated Management (SWIM) workshop is designed to train individuals who work with stream/watershed principles and practices. It includes presentations by watershed and stream management professionals from Iowa State University, Iowa DNR, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship - Division of Soil Conservation, and the USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Classroom instruction in stream and watershed management is augmented with field trips and exercises where participants develop project plans for management of a local site. A Certificate of Participation for continuing education purposes is provided to participants for satisfactory completion of 24 hours of training.

Workshop Goals

  • provide the scientific basis for understanding streams, stream corridors, and watershed functions;
  • identify Best Management Practices for streams, stream corridors, and watersheds; and
  • provide access to the tools of assessment of these functions where feasible.

For more information, contact Jacklyn Gautsch.

Stream and Watershed Integrated Management Workshop (SWIM) Presenters 

Gregory T. Gelwicks
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Fisheries Bureau
Interior Rivers and Streams Research Biologist  
22693 205th Ave.
Manchester, IA 52057

Greg is the Interior Rivers and Streams Research Biologist for the Iowa DNR Fisheries Bureau. He received a B.S. degree in Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution from the University of Illinois and an M.S. degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Missouri. Following graduate school, Greg spent four years working for the Missouri Department of Conservation and the University of Missouri on several research projects on the Missouri River and smaller streams in Missouri. Greg has been in his current position as leader of the Interior Rivers Fisheries Research Program since 1999. He is responsible for a variety of research projects being conducted on fish and fish habitat in Iowa's interior rivers.

Jason Hart
Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Conservationist
1000 School Street
Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115

Jason is a 2001 graduate of Iowa State University with a BS degree in Ag Education and a minor in Forestry. He been working with the NRCS for the last 10 years as a Soil Conservationist.  He has worked in 13 of Iowa’s 100 NRCS field offices.  His primary job is to develop conservation plans with private landowners and address their resource concerns.  He has experience developing and implementing conservation practices on pastures, cropland, woodlands, wetlands, and wildlife habitat.  Jason also works many federal conservation programs to assist landowners in the implementation of conservation programs on private lands.  He has experience working with EQIP, GRP, CSP, WHIP, CRP, and WRP.

Tom Isenhart
Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management
339 Science II, Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-3221
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Greg Simmons
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Fisheries Bureau 
Interior Rivers and Streams Technician 
22693 205th Ave.
Manchester, IA 52057

Greg is a Fisheries Research Technician for the Iowa DNR. He has held that position since October 1997. Greg received a B.S. degree in Fish and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University. His primary responsibilities are to conduct research projects on Iowa's interior rivers and streams.

Kevin Kuhn
Resource Conservationist, USDA – NRCS

Kevin is a graduate of Iowa State University with a BS in Fisheries & Wildlife Biology. He has worked for USDA-NRCS for the past 33 years and is now a Resource Conservationist on the NRCS State Office Ecological Staff. He has been a Certified Crop Advisor since 1995. Past positions for NRCS include: Soil Conservationist, Project Coordinator positions, District Conservationists for two counties, and Area Resource Conservationist for SW Iowa. Areas of expertise include: soil conservation work, agronomy, prairie reconstruction, nutrient management, and conservation planning. Kevin owns a 240 acre farm in Guthrie County where he is able to implement many of the conservation practices he sells.