Kip’s Comments 9-6-18

White-marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar - Image 522330 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Just What Do You Do?

Periodically I am asked “Just what do you do” when people wonder about my emergency management job. In fact, early this morning I gave a presentation to the Waverly Exchange Club addressing this topic.

I suppose the question is valid. After all, for those that do not regularly see me at meetings, exercises, or responses, they may wonder what I do. I can tell you no two days are the same and often a day with a set schedule is changed due to unplanned circumstances. Such is the nature of emergency management.     

Today I had an opportunity to photograph what happens in my position during a typical day.     

Boarding Dolly’s Party Bus:     

Cedar River Coalition Tour on Dolly's Party Bus - Image DSC_8232 (© Kip Ladage)

Cedar River Coalition Tour on Dolly’s Party Bus – Image DSC_8232 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Seriously, the party bus (funded by Matthias Landscaping (Thank you!)) was providing transportation for our group (Cedar River Coalition) to travel among various conservation practices within Cedar Falls. At each practice the overviews provided gave me ideas that I can share among the two Watershed Management Authorities I am a member of as well as practices to consider in our county and my yard. The conservation practices studied today improve water quality and help manage water quantity. It seemed ironic to be discussing this topic while the Cedar River watershed is experiencing another flood.  

Each of us plays a vital role in what happens in the environment. Like it or not, we all impact the environment. We can have a negative impact or a positive impact. My goal is to leave the world a better place when my journey is complete. What about you?       

Urban Conservation Practices in the City of Cedar Falls:   

Urban Filtration System - Image DSC_8226 (© Kip Ladage)

Urban Filtration System – Image DSC_8226 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Urban Wetland - Image DSC_8250 (© Kip Ladage)

Urban Wetland – Image DSC_8250 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Permeable Pavers at UNI - Image DSC_8288 (© Kip Ladage)

Permeable Pavers at UNI – Image DSC_8288 (© Kip Ladage)

     

While touring each practice I kept my eyes open for “nature moments” and found several. Hopefully those living near each of these practices are seeing the “nature” around them too.

Common Sneezeweed - Image 522297 (© Kip Ladage)

Common Sneezeweed – Image 522297 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Partridge Pea - Image 522300 (© Kip Ladage)

Partridge Pea – Image 522300 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Smooth Blue Aster - Image 522303 (© Kip Ladage)

Smooth Blue Aster – Image 522303 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sunflower in Front of Urban Wetland - Image 522307 (© Kip Ladage)

Sunflower in Front of Urban Wetland – Image 522307 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sunflower in Front of Urban Wetland - Image 522310 (© Kip Ladage)

Sunflower in Front of Urban Wetland – Image 522310 (© Kip Ladage)

 

White-marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar - Image 522330 (© Kip Ladage)

White-marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar – Image 522330 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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