1245-021 West Tarkio River Watershed Final Report

(2016) 1245-021 West Tarkio River Watershed Final Report. Agriculture and Land Stewardship

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Abstract

Initiated in 2001, the West Tarkio Creek Watershed Project has a proven track record of implementing an enormous amount of structural conservation practices. To date, over $925,000 has been spent to build 69 miles of terraces on 63 cooperators' land. The success of the Project was due in large part to the conservation ethic of the landowners to improve their farms, preserve the productivity of the land, and protect West Tarkio Creek. This has been made possible through funding from DSC Watershed Protection Funds (WSPF) which has provided $1,362,592 in cost share funds since 2001 but is has been severely limited in recent years due to shortages within the State's budget. The original project goals called for the construction of 750,000 feet (142 miles) of terraces to effectively treat the watershed. In order to meet these goals and bring the project to a successful endpoint, another 153,000 feet (29 miles) remain to be constructed by the landowners with the help of the SWCD staff. Severe rain events in recent years have caused an enormous amount of damage throughout the region, these storms were helpful in identifying where watershed work remains to be completed. Scars on the landscape in the aftermath of the storms clearly etched out the specific location where additional practices are needed in addition to those proposed in the original project work plan. Project supporters are confident that the WIRB Program can unlock this potential and pave the way for what can become known as one of the most effective land treatment projects in Iowa.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Watershed Improvement Review Board, WIRB, water quality, watershed, Page Soil and Water Conservation District, SWCD
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: 24281
Deposited By: Jerome Neppel
Deposited On: 16 Nov 2017 13:25
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2017 13:25
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/24281