March 14, 2017

Squaw Creek Water Quality Initiative

The Squaw Creek Watershed spans 147,000 acres in Hamilton, Boone, and Story counties, with 93 percent being rural land.  Squaw Creek is part of the larger South Skunk River Watershed which, after combining with the North Skunk River, becomes the Skunk River.

The primary objective of this demonstration projection is to achieve nutrient reduction in the watershed with the involvement of multiple partners and stakeholders along with the use of cutting-edge technology. The Prairie Rivers of Iowa Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D), in cooperation with the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority, is leading this effort.  

Rural in-field practices include nutrient management practices and conservation practices such as the increasing the use of cover crops and no-till and increasing soil organic matter. Now in its third year of implementation, the 20-year plan also calls for the installation of buffer strips and bioreactors. An additional component of this project is education and awareness of watershed issues for farmer, landowners, and urban residents.

Partners

Prairie Rivers of Iowa Resource Conservation and Development

Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority (WMA)

Story County Board of Supervisors

Boone County Board of Supervisors

Story County Soil and Water Conservation District

Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District

Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, City of Ames

Story County Conservation Board

Iowa Corn Growers Association

Iowa Soybean Association

Heartland Cooperative

Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance

Technical Service Provider Network,

Emmons & Oliver

Iowa State University Bioeconomy Institute

DuPont Pioneer