Ames, Iowa (October 23, 2014) – The Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority Board (SCWMA) has been meeting to place the final touches on their watershed management plan with the help of Emmons and Olivier Resources, Inc. (EOR) from Oakdale, Minnesota (a water resource-based engineering and environmental consulting firm). At the Board’s last meeting, they adopted a mission and set some specific goals to achieve in the Squaw Creek Watershed.
The newly adopted mission statement is as follows: The mission of the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority Board is to engage, educate and encourage all citizens to improve the health, stewardship and resiliency of our watershed resources.
The goals of the SCWMA are to work on restoring hydrology, improving water quality, creating recreational opportunities and increasing wildlife habitat within the watershed through an active watershed educational campaign and relying upon building partnerships. Pat Conrad, project manager with EOR stated, “The ultimate goal of the WMA is to transform Squaw Creek into a resource that is recognized as an asset for the community”.
The Board has also developed a set of measurable objectives for each of their goals and is currently reviewing various approaches that can be used in the watershed to achieve their goals. The SCWMA plans on finalizing their watershed management plan by the end of the year and intends to start working towards meeting their goals immediately thereafter.
There will also be a series of public meetings to introduce the plan once approved. Look for those details in the near future. For more information on the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority’s mission, goals and dates of public meetings please go to www.prrcd.org/squawcreek .
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) Board.
Those serving on the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority Board 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 and 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 current Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority project, contact Leanne Harter, Story County Planning and Development at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pat Conrad, EOR, Oakdale, MN, email@example.com or 651.770.8448
- Paul Toot, Story County Supervisor and Chair, Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority, Nevada,
IA, firstname.lastname@example.org or 515.382.7200
- Penny Brown Huber, Prairie Rivers of Iowa, Ames, IA, email@example.com or 515.232.0048