08008-004 Rathbun Lake Final Report

(2012) 08008-004 Rathbun Lake Final Report. Agriculture and Land Stewardship

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Abstract

The Rathbun Land and Water Alliance and partners have undertaken a highly effective approach to water quality protection through the Rathbun Lake Special Project. This approach is achieving a significant reduction in the sediment and phosphorus that impair water quality in Rathbun Lake and its tributaries as a result of the targeted application of best management practices (BMPs) for priority land in the watershed. This project application proposes to assist landowners to apply BMPs that will reduce sediment and phosphorus delivery from priority land in one targeted sub-watershed as part of the Rathbun Lake Special Project. Features of this project are: (1) use of geographic information system (GIS) analysis to identify priority land that requires BMPs; (2) assistance for landowners to apply BMPs on 1,450 acres that will reduce the annual delivery of sediment by 2,160 tons and phosphorus by 8,210 pounds; (3) evaluation of the benefits from BMP application using GIS analysis and water quality monitoring; and (4) watershed outreach activities that encourage landowners to apply BMPs for priority land to protect water quality.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: WIRB, Watershed Improvement Review Board, water quality, Appanoose County, Clarke County, Wayne County, Monroe County, Decatur County, Lucas County, Rathbun Lake and Water Alliance
Subjects: Natural resources and environment > Water resources > Water quality
Natural resources and environment > Water resources > Watersheds
ID Code: 18317
Deposited By: Jerome Neppel
Deposited On: 29 Feb 2016 13:09
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2016 13:09
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/18317