Local Groups


2023| Boone River Watershed

Leveraging state water quality initiative funds to increase Boone River Watershed oxbow restorations for Topeka Shiner and water quality.

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Mitchell County Conservation Board

This group oversees the health and general welfare of county museums, parks, preserves, parkways, playgrounds, recreation centers, county forest, wildlife and other conservation areas to promote and preserve the health and general welfare of people.

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Iowa Rivers Revival

A statewide nonprofit leading Iowans to protect, restore, and enjoy our rivers. We envision healthy, free-flowing rivers that connect Iowa’s communities and provide access for all to use and enjoy.

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Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project

The Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project addresses two state-designated water quality impairments—stream biology and bacteria—by engaging landowners in urban and rural areas to adopt beneficial conservation practices and sustainable land-use management.

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Corn, cows…and trout

Silver Creek Watershed coordinator Neil Shaffer is achieving his four goals—reduce soil loss, improve water quality, enhance wildlife habitat, and increase net farm income—because of a cascade of cooperation.

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2022 | Boone River Watershed

Farmers, Boone River Watershed Partnership, The Nature Conservancy, Iowa Rivers Revival, Iowa Soybean Association and Wright SWCD are restoring oxbows to create Topeka shiner spawning habitat in Boone River watershed.

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Turkey River Headwaters & Chihak Creek Water Quality Project

We work with farm operators & landowners in the Turkey River headwaters & Howard County to implement conservation practices and techniques to eliminate nutrients entering our water bodies. News & Stories Corn, Cows and…Trout Howard County Leading the Way With Water Quality Efforts

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Stream monitoring

Silver Creek Water Quality Project

Silver Creek Watershed is a 22,410 acre sub-watershed of the Upper Iowa River in northeast Howard County and northwest Winneshiek County. This project began in 2012 and since has invested over $8.3 million in conservation. Our goal is to reduce bacteria levels enough to remove the stream from the Iowa DNR 303(d) impaired waters list….

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Iowa State graduate students learning about saturated buffers

Middle Cedar River Watershed

Our project is aligned with state goals to reduce nutrient pollution we contribute to the Upper Mississippi by 45%. We work in collaboration with federal, state, county, private and local groups and individuals, including the Natural Resources Conservation Service, county Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and the City of Cedar Rapids. Our primary focus is…

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