April showers bring Watershed Planning!

April showers bring Watershed Planning!

“Never let your watershed management plan gather dust,” recommended Kevin Griggs at last week’s meeting of the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Board.  Board members agreed, discussing the next elements of the 20-year plan to bring to life. Can we protect drinking water wells in small communities like Stanhope? Can we improve wildlife habitat? Can we promote recreational opportunities in our area? We sure can, and often with the same practices that we're already promoting to address nutrients and water quality in Squaw Creek.  Cover crops and stormwater best management practices are good tools for source water protection.  Prairie strips and riparian buffers are great habitat for birds and pollinators.  At Prairie Rivers of Iowa, we're always on the lookout for new opportunities, and more reasons to get people interested in soil health and water quality. -- In parallel, we are also working on a watershed management plan for the Keigley-South Skunk Watershed.  We hope that this too will be a living document that opens the door to...
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