Outdoor group, school club collect prairie seeds

Published 5:46 pm Saturday, September 21, 2013

Austin’s chapter of the Izaak Walton League and Austin High School’s Go Green Club will collect seeds from prairie plantings along the Mill Pond in Austin at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Local prairie educator Steve Williams will be on hand to provide guidance on the plants and seeds collected. The goal is to collect enough seeds to plant a 3,000-square-foot area in the Mill Pond project site.

Austin’s Izaak Walton League chapter started planting prairie buffer strips along Mill Pond in 2009.

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Prairie buffer strips enhance water quality by slowing down and stopping sediment and fertilizer runoff.

Volunteers are welcome, and participants will meet at the Mill Pond north end parking lot.