Soil Health & Watershed Groups

Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority

Maquoketa River Watershed

Eastern Iowa

people gathering at watershed
Curious neighbors gather to see how native prairie buffers are being used at Lake Delhi, on the Maquoketa River, to reduce erosion, filter pollutants and add natural beauty.


Contact: Erin Erickson - Watershed Coordinator, Limestone Bluffs RC&D

Phone: (319) 826-1132

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The Maquoketa River WMA formed in 2017 with 34 member cities, counties and SWCDs. The watershed spans nine counties and includes just over a million acres. In collaboration with the University of Iowa and Iowa DNR, planning and public affairs graduate students are working with us to complete the final version of our watershed management plan. Within the watershed, we’re working with communities to address water concerns and demonstrate best practices for soil health and reducing erosion. We’re excited about what the future holds for the WMA!

News & Stories

Maquoketa River Watershed: A Video

Watershed or Service Area Map

About Us

Growing a Group:

  • Active group 5+ years
  • Book sharing
  • Farmer-led group
  • Formed a new group
  • Fundraising
  • Grant writing
  • Member-led project planning
  • Neighbor to neighbor mentoring
  • Personal invitations to neighbors to grow the group
  • Other


  • Actively participated in local watershed planning process
  • Collaboration with agriculture or conservation organizations
  • Collaboration with local ag retailers and/or crop advisors
  • Collaboration with local civic groups
  • Collaboration with local college or university
  • Other


  • Engage local schools
  • Media interviews
  • Presentation to groups
  • Promotion to media outlets
  • Social media cultivation
  • Video Development
  • Website Development
  • Other

Land & Water:

  • Bioreactors
  • Cover crops
  • Crop diversification
  • Floodplain restoration
  • Grass waterways
  • Grazing
  • Nutrient management & retention
  • Perennial crops
  • Prairie strips
  • Saturated buffers
  • Stream buffers
  • Stream restoration
  • Water retention basins
  • Wetlands
  • Other

Assessment & Data:

  • Agronomic data collection
  • Field edge data collection
  • Field walkovers
  • Stream monitoring
  • Other


  • Fishing event
  • Farm field days
  • Paddle event
  • Upstream or downstream connections/visits
  • Booth at local event
  • Other - Events that showcased the projects completed with the University of Iowa

Fishers & Famers Partnership Program Participation:

  • Workshop
  • Neighbor to Neighbor Radio Podcast
  • Boots on the Ground Online Conversation
  • Group Presentation
  • Project Tour
  • Featured in a Story
  • Featured in a Video
  • Meetings
  • None

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