April 11, 2017

Miller Creek Water Quality Initiative

The Miller Creek project works with producers in Black Hawk and Tama counties. Great progress has been made over the last two years through the installation of demonstration practices to improve water quality and to provide an environment for producers within and around the region to learn more about conservation practices.

This innovative, education-based project features a social media campaign, webinars, hands-on workshops, field days and informal networking opportunities titled “Coffee Shop Hours.” 

The WQI encompasses 42,461 acres, of which nearly 90 percent are tillable cropland acres. In-field practices such as cover crops, strip-till and no-till are being implemented by local producers. Three bioreactors and two saturated buffers have been installed the initial three years of the project. The project has a goal of six additional bioreactors and nine additional saturated buffers being installed by 2019.

Black Hawk County is also home to urban WQI projects.



Black Hawk Soil & Water Conservation District

Black Hawk County Government

Black Hawk County Farm Bureau

BMC Aggregates, LC

Cedar River Watershed Coalition

City of Cedar Rapids

Tallgrass Prairie Center

Tama County Soil & Water Conservation District

The Nature Conservancy

Hawkeye Community Collage

Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Iowa Corn Growers Association

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research

Iowa Learning Farms

Iowa Soybean Association

Natural Resources Conservation Service – USDA

New Century Farm Services

NXT Bank

Practical Farmers of Iowa

Ward Laboratories

Women, Food and Agriculture Network