First of Two Listening Sessions to be Held to Discuss the Squaw Creek Watershed start today at Ames City Hall (515 Clark Ave).

 

Two listening sessions will be held to discuss the Squaw Creek Watershed on April 28th from 4:30-6:00pm at the Ames City Hall, Council Chambers and then again on April 29th from 4:30-6:00pm at Iowa State University, Oak Room in the Memorial Union. We are asking people to come and talk about the watershed and to ask questions to our board. There will also be informational material to read on the watershed.

 

Penny Brown Huber, Executive Director of Prairie Rivers of Iowa and a sub consultant on the project says, “Our focus in the planning project will be to engage and educate the public about the watershed.  We want to hear from all the residents in our watershed in order to create a plan that will lead us over time to make improvements in water quality while we address flooding and water quantity issues. ”

 

Emmons and Olivier Resources, Inc. (EOR) from Oakdale, Minnesota was hired to facilitate the planning process.  EOR is a water resource-based engineering and environmental consulting firm that specializes in:  watershed planning; water resources engineering and modeling; biological surveying and ecological restoration; and sustainable site design.

 

Paul Toot, Story County Board of Supervisor and Chair of the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority says, “based on feedback we’ve received from public surveys there is a definite interest in improving the quality of Squaw Creek and its tributaries.”

 

The Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority involves a team of people from large and small communities, rural and urban areas in the counties of Boone, Story, Hamilton and Webster who share an interest in Squaw Creek. There has been a great deal of work conducted over the past ten years in this watershed culminating in the formation of the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority (SWMA).

 

Those serving on the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority include:  Paul Toot, Chair and Story County Supervisor; Tom Foster, Boone County Supervisor; Kevin Griggs, Boone County Soil & Water Conservation District, Ames Mayor Ann Campbell, Bob Kindred, Ames Assistant City Manager; Erv Klaas, Story County Soil & Water Conservation District; Rachel Cahill, Stratford City Manager; Leah Maass, Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District; and Gilbert Mayor Jonathan Popp.

 

For more information on the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority and this project, contact Leanne Harter, Story County Planning and Development at lharter@storycounty.com