Rathbun Lake watershed, which encompasses Appanoose, Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Monroe and Wayne counties, received the Iowa Outstanding Watershed Award on Sept. 4 at the 67th annual Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Districts Commissioners Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines.
Jim Frederick, president of Conservation Districts of Iowa, says the Rathbun Land and Water Alliance has worked diligently to protect and improve Rathbun Lake which provides drinking water to 80,000 people in southern Iowa and northern Missouri, is home to Honey Creek Resort State Park, provides recreation for 1 million annual visitors and is habitat for fish and wildlife.
“Impressively, the Rathbun Land and Water Alliance has worked with more than 500 landowners to install conservation practices on priority lands to stop the delivery of contaminants to the lake,” explains Frederick.
In presenting information to the group about the Rathbun Land and Water Alliance’s Protect Rathbun Lake Project, Glenn said the important role the landowners play in the protection of Rathbun Lake can’t be understated.
“Of the more than $26 million in financial support that project partners provide to carry out water protection activities, nearly $4 million is contributed by the landowners,” says Glenn.
Rathbun Lake watershed landowners plan to gather for their annual meeting in Allerton in Wayne County on Thursday, Sept. 12.