The first of four listening sessions will be held to hear from landowners about what they are doing on their land to improve water quality and reduce water quantity in the Squaw Creek Watershed. The two listening sessions will be held on March 10, from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Stanhope Community Center and then again on March 11, from 3-4:30 p.m. at Gilbert City Hall.
The purpose of these sessions is to listen to landowners and inform the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority Board about ideas and concerns they have about the watershed.
Penny Brown Huber, executive director of Prairie Rivers of Iowa and a sub-consultant on the project says, "The Watershed Management Authority Board is developing a ten-year watershed plan for the Squaw Creek Watershed. Our focus in the planning phase is to engage the public so we can hear about their interests and concerns for the watershed. For example, the board would like to hear about what landowners are currently doing to reduce nutrients on their farm and what type of assistance that they think will be needed in the future. In addition, the listening sessions will inform the planning process in order to create a plan that will lead us over time to make improvements in water quality while we address flooding and water quantity issues. "
The listening sessions are open to everyone who is interested in presenting their ideas and concerns to the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority Board. There will also be informational material available at the meeting. Two other listening sessions will be held in late April.
Emmons and Olivier Resources, Inc. (EOR) from Oakdale, Minn., was hired to facilitate the planning process. EOR is a water resource-based engineering and environmental consulting firm that specializes in: watershed planning; water resources engineering and modeling; biological surveying and ecological restoration; and sustainable site design.
The Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority involves a team of people from large and small communities, rural and urban areas in the counties of Boone, Story, Hamilton and Webster and who share an interest in Squaw Creek. There has been a great deal of research work conducted over the past ten years in this watershed, culminating in the formation of the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority (SWMA).
Those serving on the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority include: Paul Toot, chair and Story County supervisor; Tom Foster, Boone County supervisor; Kevin Griggs, Boone County Soil & Water Conservation District; Ames Mayor Ann Campbell; Bob Kindred, Ames assistant city manager; Erv Klaas, Story County Soil & Water Conservation District; Travis Sonksen, Mark Scott and Mike Nepereny from the city of Stratford; Leah Maass, Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District; Suzi Moore, the city of Stanhope; Keith Dencklau, Webster County supervisor and Gilbert Mayor Jonathan Popp.
For more information on the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority and this project, contact Leanne Harter, Story County Planning and Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.