05031-011 Rathbun Lake Watershed Final Report

(2009) 05031-011 Rathbun Lake Watershed Final Report. Agriculture and Land Stewardship

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Abstract

This project proposes a unique approach to addressing one of the more challenging issues facing efforts to protect water quality in Rathbun Lake; reducing sediment and phosphorus delivery from land on which best management practices (BMPs) will not be applied. This project will construct ten impoundments at key locations in the watershed to reduce the annual delivery of 2,970 tons of sediment and 12,100 pounds of phosphorus to Rathbun Lake. Features of this approach are: (a) impoundments will be constructed at sites below areas with high concentrations of priority land that has the greatest potential to deliver sediment and phosphorus to Rathbun Lake and on which landowners are unable or unwilling to apply BMPs and (b) strategically placed, large impoundments can be a cost effective means of reducing the sediment and phosphorus delivered to Rathbun Lake from priority land on which BMPs will not be applied. This project will significantly enhance the success of efforts underway in the Rathbun Lake Special Project as it addresses a critical water quality protection need that is not being met by current Special Project activities.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Watershed Improvement Review Board, WIRB, water quality, watershed, Rathbun Land and Water Alliance, Appanoose County, Clarke County, Decatur County, Lucas County, Monroe County, Wayne County
Subjects: Natural resources and environment > Water resources > Water quality
Natural resources and environment > Water resources > Watersheds
ID Code: 21342
Deposited By: Jerome Neppel
Deposited On: 22 Feb 2016 13:10
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2016 13:10
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/21342