1208-005 North Raccoon Watershed Final Report

(2015) 1208-005 North Raccoon Watershed Final Report. Agriculture and Land Stewardship

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Abstract

The Buena Vista SWCD is submitting this WIRB request on behalf of both Buena Vista and Pocahontas SWCDs. The two SWCDs are working jointly on a project that includes three existing Mississippi River Basin Imitative (MRBI) project areas in the North Raccoon River Watershed. The total project area is 280,654 crop acres. The MRBI project involves installing conservation practices through the EQIP program. Funding from MRBI will support costs of practice design, layout and checkout, however, there is no funding to market and sell the program and practices to landowners and producers in the project area. Both soil and water districts are financially supporting work currently being done to encourage signup for the approved practices. To effectively implement the MRBI project it is imperative that marketing and promotion through group meetings and one-on­ one contacts is completed. Funding from WIRB will allow the existing employee to spend the needed time on these promotional activities in both Buena Vista and Pocahontas County. Through this WIRB request these two SWCDs districts plan to apply over $800,000 worth of conservation practices that is funded through the MRBI program. The return from this investment of WIRB dollars is large. This is an opportunity to support a large amount of conservation work in the North Raccoon River Watershed, which, is also an important water source for the city Des Moines and provides recreational activities from Des Moines up to BY and Pocahontas Counties.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: WIRB, Watershed Improvement Review Board, water quality, nutrient and sediment reduction, Buena Vista County, Pocahontas Counties, Pocahontas SWCD, Buena Vista SWCD, nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment, bacteria pollutants
Subjects: Natural resources and environment > Water resources > Water quality
Natural resources and environment > Water resources > Watersheds
ID Code: 20925
Deposited By: Jerome Neppel
Deposited On: 22 Feb 2016 13:11
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2016 13:11
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/20925