There are 7 beach advisories* for the week of 7/17

6 Beaches with an E. Coli-related Advisory:

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)

*Data from the Iowa DNR State Park Beach Monitoring Program

Watershed Success: A Look at Dry Run Creek

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 for Dry 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. 


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What's New in Iowa's Water News

DNR: Public water supplies had 120 health standard violations in ’19 (Iowa Capital Dispatch)
Viewpoint: Nature-Based Flood Mitigation Can Help Mississippi River Farmers (Claims Journal)
Conservation for the long run (Nebraska Farmer)
Meetings announced regarding lower Missouri River flood risk management (Iowa DNR)
Dangerous algal bloom turns up in Zion National Park after dog dies in North Fork of the Virgin River (The Salt Lake Tribune)
How Absentee Landowners Keep Farmers From Protecting Water And Soil (NPR)

Upcoming Water Events

Guided Paddling Trip - Maquoketa River Water Trail, Jackson CCB - July 18
Water Rocks (Ages 9-12) - Madison CCB - July 21
Marsh Exploration - Jackson CCB - July 21
Family Pond Exploration - Linn CCB - July 22
Virtual Field Day: Urban Stream Conservation Management - Online with Iowa Learning Farms - July 23
Kayaking on the Marsh - Jackson CCB - July 23
Water Exploration - Clay CCB - July 25
DNR: Lower Missouri River Planning Meetings - Online - July 28-30 

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