Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

May 7, 2013

Appanoose SWCD receives Cooper Creek watershed development grant

The Daily Iowegian

---- — Cooper Creek watershed includes 34,011 acres

The Appanoose Soil and Water Conservation District recently received approval for a Watershed Development and Planning Assistance Grant through the Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship – Department of Soil Conservation.

The SWCD will be receiving $20,000 to provide technical assistance in the assessment of the Cooper Creek Watershed including the city of Centerville.

Cooper Creek watershed includes 34,011 acres and nearly all of the city of Centerville drains into Cooper Creek.

In addition, a segment of Cooper Creek is listed on the 2010 Section 303(d) Impaired Waters List. Although the impairment is listed as “unknown,” the SWCD decided additional conservation efforts could benefit water quality and reduce flooding in the watershed.

The watershed assessment will include both rural and urban areas with the goal of identifying erosion sources and sediment delivery rates from sheet, rill, and gully erosion. The assessment will also include identifying the amount of impervious surfaces within the city of Centerville and locating sites best suited for practices that reduce and slow runoff.

“The assessment is a necessary first step to gather data and identify priority areas within the watershed,” Margaret Cope, NRCS district conservationist, said. “When the assessment is complete, the SWCD will compile the data and be in a position to apply for watershed implementation grant funds.

If approved, these funds could then be used to provide cost share to landowners to install a variety of conservation practices.”

A project kick-off meeting will be scheduled in the near future to invite landowners and partners to learn more about the watershed assessment process.

For more information, contact the Soil and Water Conservation District office at (641) 856-3893.