Purgatory Creek

Purgatory Creek: A Tale of Oxbow Restoration on a Legacy Farm

David and Kathy LawWednesday, July 12 | Noon-2 p.m.

Hosts: Kathy & David Law

Address: 33031 110th St. | Lohrville, IA 51453

Speaker: Darrick Weissenfluh – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Kathleen Law’s family farm is a 300-acre corn, soybean and cattle operation near Lohrville, Iowa. Kathleen has been farming the acreage since the 1970s, alongside her husband, David. In the last several years, the pair has worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Iowa Soybean Association to restore an oxbow on their land to provide additional habitat for wildlife. Come hear from Kathleen and David as they discuss their experience with oxbow restoration and its benefits to the Topeka shiner, a federally endangered species, into Purgatory Creek.

Light refreshments will follow the field day.

Sponsored by: 

  • Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance

See & Discuss:

  • Oxbow restoration inside and outside pasture
  • Water quality and stream health
  • Habitat restoration for wildlife diversity
  • Restoration programs and conservation initiatives
  • Floodwater drainage and storage
  • Endangered species: Topeka shiners
  • Tiled vs. non-tiled oxbows

Location Notes:

Please park in the field with the two round corn cribs (enter the field on the north side of 110th Street / County Road E13), near the intersection of 110th Street / Co Rd E13 and Zephyr Avenue.