09002-001 Indian Springs Pond Watershed Final Report

(2013) 09002-001 Indian Springs Pond Watershed Final Report. Agriculture and Land Stewardship

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Abstract

Silver Creek is a warm water stream resource located in one of the most intensely cropped portions of Clayton County. The stream has been included on Iowa’s 303(d) list of impaired waters since 2002. Aquatic life, which should be present in Silver Creek, isn’t there. According to the Draft Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for Silver Creek, the primary nonpoint pollution sources are soil erosion from agricultural land uses and direct deposition of ammonia by livestock with access to the stream. The Clayton Soil & Water Conservation District has begun efforts to remove Silver Creek from the impaired waters list. The District has promoted stream corridor and sinkhole protection, and the installation of buffer practices along Silver Creek and its tributaries. Conservation practices have been targeted to crop fields to reduce sediment delivery to the stream. A series of news articles, newsletters, and field days have been utilized to increase public understanding of water quality issues. Landowner interest has outweighed available cost share resources. Additional financial support will allow the project to build upon its early successes, to further address the identified impairments, and to respond to a long list of landowners that are interested in conservation work on their farms.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: WIRB, Watershed Improvement Review Board, water quality, Allamakee County, Allamakee SWCD, sediment reduction
Subjects: Natural resources and environment > Water resources > Water quality
Natural resources and environment > Water resources > Water rights
ID Code: 17841
Deposited By: Jerome Neppel
Deposited On: 17 Oct 2014 18:02
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2016 12:50
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/17841