First of Two Listening Sessions to be Held to Discuss the Squaw Creek Watershed

Two listening sessions will be held to discuss the Squaw Creek Watershed on March 10th from 3:00-4:30pm at the Stanhope Community Center and then again on March 11th from 3:00-4:30pm at Gilbert City Hall. 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 subconsultant 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...
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Iowa’s “Master River Stewards Program”

With being involved with the Squaw Creek Watershed Management we have been on high alert when it comes to water. In making contact with Story County Conservation District, this great program was brought to our attention and we want to share it with you. Iowa Rivers Revival will bring it's third year of the “Master River Stewards Program” to the Iowa River Watershed in the Spring of 2014. The program will be based out of the Iowa City area. Registration deadline is April 15, 2014.  Please respond to jdreier@iowarivers.org with interest and contact information. 2014 Master River Stewards Schedule-Iowa River Watershed The program will focus on: Watershed awareness Paddling and navigating skills River and stream dynamics Aquatic habitat Water quality and water monitoring Policies related to floodplains River protection and restoration Visit IRR’s website to view an outline of last year’s program:  http://iowarivers.org/education/river-stewards/ Registration Cost: Participants will pay a fee of $50 which will include program materials. Participants will be expected to attend each session and there will be “homework” assignments following...
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Squaw Creek interview with KHOI

An interview was conducted on February 12, 2014 about the Squaw Creek Watershed Authority and what’s being done to monitor water quality in central Iowa was the topic of discussion on this past Wednesday’s Local Talk show on KHOI in Ames. Host of KHOI talked with Jerry Keys of the Story County Conservation Center about watersheds and water quality testing, as well as Pat Conrad of the EOR Water Ecology Community ,who is doing the planning for the Squaw Creek Watershed plan, about the watershed, which extends north into Webster County and includes much of Boone and Story Counties. Penny Brown Huber, executive director of Prairie Rivers of Iowa, also talks about how we are working to make more people aware of the watershed and how they can help take care of it. To listen to the interview follow this link: http://khoifm.org/node/632...
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Squaw Creek Watershed held a meeting on 2/6/14

The Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority group held a meeting at the Story County Administrative Building at 1:30 in Nevada. The meeting consisted of Pat Conrad from EOR presenting an overview of the watershed management, an update on the marketing plan and plans for community engagement. Meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be held at the Story County Administrative Building at 1:30 in Nevada on April 24th. In attendance at the meeting was a reporter from the Ames Tribune. To read what he had to say follow the link below to the article on the Ames Tribune website. http://amestrib.com/news/watershed-management-authority-reviews-preliminary-squaw-creek-findings ...
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Taking the Next Step For Improving the Squaw Creek Watershed

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).   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.  With financial support from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the time has come to develop a comprehensive watershed management plan to provide guidance for watershed activities over the next twenty years.”   The Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority was created in 2012.  With this foundation in place, the next step is to create a watershed management plan. ...
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