1221-010 Rathbun Lake Watershed Final Report

(2016) 1221-010 Rathbun Lake Watershed 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 three targeted sub-watersheds 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 for 1,200 acres that will reduce the annual delivery of sediment by 1,800 tons and phosphorus by 6,000 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: Lower South Fork Chariton River, Rathbun Land and Water Alliance, Appanoose County, Lucas County, Wayne County, Watershed Improvement Review Board, WIRB, water quality, watershed
Subjects: Natural resources and environment
Natural resources and environment > Water resources
Natural resources and environment > Water resources > Water quality
Natural resources and environment > Water resources > Watersheds
ID Code: 24272
Deposited By: Jerome Neppel
Deposited On: 29 Sep 2017 16:10
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2017 16:10
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/24272