Local residents invited to Hickory Grove for meeting on east Indian Creek Watershed

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal

Story County Conservation will be hosting an informational meeting at Oriole Ridge Lodge at Hickory Grove Lake on Oct. 27, from 7-9 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to share information with landowners and farmers concerning water quality within the East Indian Creek Watershed. Conversation will center on water quality, current improvement efforts, and future technical and financial support for conservation practices.

“This is an excellent opportunity for people to learn about their watershed and get engaged in local efforts to improve Iowa’s water quality,” according to Amy Yoakum, Story County Conservation natural resource specialist.

Attendees will hear from Yoakum; Michael Cox, director, Story County Conservation and Hanna Bates, watershed coordinator, Prairie Rivers of Iowa. Participants will learn about the watershed and appropriate land practices they can implement to improve the health of the water as well as opportunities to become volunteer water monitors.

The East Indian Creek Watershed is a premier natural resource venue in Story County providing exceptional recreational opportunities for local citizens as well as those visiting from other communities. Primary goals are to improve Story County’s water quality and public access to recreational opportunities and to promote an appreciation for the watershed to generate pride in local water quality—which ultimately will require changes in habits and practices. Local partners include: Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Story County Soil and Water Conservation District, Story County Conservation Board and Board of Supervisors, Iowa State University, Marshall-Story USDA-NRCS, Iowa Department of Agriculture Land Stewardship, Prairie Rivers of Iowa, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, DuPont Pioneer.

Additional partners on the project include: the Squaw Creek Watershed Coalition, Boone County Board of Supervisors, Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District, Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, city of Ames, Heartland Cooperative, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, Technical Service Provider Network, Emmons & Olivier, Iowa State University Water and Climate Change Program. To learn more visit Prairie Rivers of Iowa’s website at www.prrcd.org/squawcreek.