Backbone Beach (Dundee, Delaware County, IA) Denison Beach (Black Hawk Lake, Lake View, Sac County, IA) George Wyth Beach (Waterloo, Black Hawk County, IA) Lower Pine Lake Beach (Eldora, Hardin County, IA) McIntosh Woods Beach (Clear Lake, Ventura, Cerro Gordo County, IA) North Twin Lake West Beach (Rockwell City, Calhoun County, IA)
1 Beach with a Microcystin Advisory: Union Grove Beach (Gladbrook, Tama County, IA)
As an advocate for the watershed approach to protect and improve Iowa's water quality, IEC partnered with Dry Run Creek Watershed staff to share the results of their efforts to improve their waterway. Earlier this year, IEC published a handout on the Dry Run Creek project, outlining the watershed goals, the practices implemented, and the impressive outcomes of their work. The following is from an accompanying blog piece by Dry Run Creek Watershed Coordinator Josh Balk.
As the watershed coordinator forDry Run Creek in Black Hawk County, the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s motto of “helping people, help the land” comes to mind just about every day. There are wonderful folks all over our state, and especially here in the Dry Run Creek watershed, who want to see their land preserved and communities improved for generations to come.
But even with that common vision, developing and achieving site-specific conservation goals for a project is never a simple, one-size-fits-all model. It is most effective when a community comes together and, with the help of technical and financial resources, develops a plan with manageable, incremental steps.
Dry Run Creek Watershed’s partners at the state and local level are serving our farmers, residents, businesses, institutions, and communities by encouraging sustainability and conservation throughout the Cedar Valley. With all of these resources coming together to serve our local landowners, we have begun to see positive and significant measurable improvement in the Dry Run Creek Watershed.