Conservation on Tap in Waukee

Thursday, August 31, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Des Moines Water Works and Conservation Learning Group, will host the second of three “Conservation On Tap” events, Thursday, Aug. 31, from 6-7 p.m. at Kinship Brewing Co. in Waukee.

The event will provide local farmers, landowners and urban residents with a chance to discuss and ask questions. There will be an opportunity for networking following the event. To ensure adequate space and food, RSVP by Aug. 28 by calling 515-294-5429 or email

“Our intent with this event is to help build community through encouraging farmers, landowners and urban residents to talk about topics important within the community, what keeps them up at night, what challenges they see with conservation practices, and what they want to learn more about,” said Liz Ripley, Iowa Learning Farms conservation and cover crop outreach specialist. “There will be no formal presentations or agenda, just a chance to talk, ask questions, listen and learn while enjoying a beverage and provided food. We are looking forward to learning alongside everyone else who attends.”

Hosts at the event will include Ted Corrigan, CEO and general manager of the Des Moines Water Works, Mark Licht, associate professor and extension cropping systems specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, and Matt Helmers, Iowa Nutrient Research Center director. Staff from Kinship Brewing Co. will also join in the conversations as to why water quality matters for brewing.

“This is another opportunity for us to partner with like-minded organizations who truly want to see improvements in water quality in our watersheds and want to be part of the solution,” Corrigan said. “We look forward to this series of discussions and engaging with attendees about where their water comes from and the water quality challenges we face in our state. We need interested landowners and citizens involved in not only discussing these challenges, but being part of the solution for improved water quality.”