Grundy Center, June 10, 2016

Planning for Targeted Water Quality Improvement in the Cedar River Watershed

Iowa Soybean Association

The Cedar River Watershed Coalition, meeting at the Kling Public Library in Grundy Center, Iowa, heard Karl Gesch, Iowa Soybean Association, give an overview of efforts to improve water quality in the Cedar River watershed.

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Iowa's Watershed Management Authorities

Iowa DNR

In 2010, Iowa lawmakers passed legislation authorizing the creation of Watershed Management Authorities. A Watershed Management Authority (WMA) is a mechanism for cities, counties, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) and stakeholders to cooperatively engage in watershed planning and management. Mary Beth Stevenson, Coordinator for the Iowa-Cedar River Basin provides an overview. In Iowa, watershed management authorities actually have no "authority:" they are voluntarily formed coordinating bodies. The presentation was to a meeting of the Cedar River Watershed Coalition meeting at the Kling Public Library, Grundy Center, Iowa.

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The Middle Cedar Watershed

East Central Iowa Council of Governments

The Middle Cedar (River) Watershed extends north to south from approximately Waterloo, Iowa, to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jennifer Fencil, Solid Waste & Environmental Services Director, East Central Iowa Council of Governments, acquaints her audience with the geographic extent and relationships within the watershed. The presentation was to a meeting of the Cedar River Watershed Coalition meeting at the Kling Public Library, Grundy Center, Iowa.

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Cedar Rapids' Involvement with the Middle Cedar Partnership Project

Cedar Rapids' Stormwater Commission

The Cedar River's origins are in southwestern Minnesota. Cedar Rapids is the last population center (130,000) as it flows south, joining with the Iowa River at Columbus Junction, and thence to the Mississippi. A major flood in 2008 signaled that flood protection needed to be strengthened. In addition, nitrogen from farm runoff is reaching levels that may not be adequately filtered out by the soil before water reaches the City's adjacent alluvial wells. Cara Matteson, Stormwater Coordinator for the City of Cedar Rapids, explains to those gather at a meeting of the Cedar River Watershed Coalition at Grundy Center, Iowa, Cedar Rapids' stake in the Middle Cedar Partnership Project. »  Play

Middle Cedar Partnership Project: An Update

MCPP

Steve Hershner, Public Utilities Director, Cedar Rapids, Iowa,and Jason Gomes, NORTH IOWA AGRONOMY PARTNERS, LLC, Waverly, Iowa, brief a gathering of the Cedar River Watershed Coalition on progress made thus far by the Middle Cedar Partnership Project

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Conservation, Strip Till and Cover Crops

Fred Abels

Fred Abels, a Grundy County, Iowa, farmer tells a gathering of the Cedar River Watershed Coalition at their meeting in Grundy Center, Iowa, about his use of strip till and cover crops as part of his conservation efforts.

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