08019-011 Staff Beaver Creek Final Report

(2012) 08019-011 Staff Beaver Creek Final Report. Agriculture and Land Stewardship

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Abstract

Staff and Beaver Creeks are two tributaries of the Upper Iowa River (UIR). Additional acres that drain directly into the UIR bring the size of the project area to 41,328 acres. The goal of the project is to reduce sediment loading and excess nutrients from reaching the streams which ultimately reach the UIR. Staff/Beaver Water Quality Project initially received funding as part of the FY 2005 WSPF/319 grant application cycle. Tremendous progress has been accomplished towards the original goals of the project. Due to the large number of Best Management Practices (BMPs) installed and the continued high interest for those practices, more work remains to be done. The heavy rains received in 2008 caused severe erosion and has dramatically increased interest in conservation practices. A thorough watershed assessment was completed in the fall of 2008. Data from this assessment indicates additional work is needed. The initial grant funding will be exhausted within fiscal year 2009. Therefore, the Howard Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking 3 years of funding. The District believes interest in the water quality project is at an all time high and that with an additional three years of funding, even more progress can be achieved in reducing sediment delivery and excess nutrients to these priority streams.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: WIRB, Watershed Improvement Review Board, water quality, Howard County, Howard SWCD
Subjects: Natural resources and environment > Water resources > Water quality
Natural resources and environment > Water resources > Watersheds
ID Code: 18312
Deposited By: Jerome Neppel
Deposited On: 25 Feb 2016 12:50
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2016 12:50
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/18312