The Headwaters of the South Skunk River Watershed Management Authority (WMA) recently worked with JEO Consulting to develop a Watershed Management Plan. The goal of this process was to produce a roadmap for addressing the most pressing surface water issues in the watershed, mainly water quality. Several sections of the Headwaters of the South Skunk River and its tributaries are considered impaired, with high levels of nutrients, sediment, and bacteria. This plan aims to address these issues using phased, voluntary measures.
Watershed Management Authorities have no taxing or eminent domain authority and can instead be seen as coalitions that help to leverage a wide variety of resources for public benefit. There are many non-profits, government agencies, and individuals in the watershed already working on projects including water quality sampling and voluntary edge-of-field best management practices (BMPs). The WMA, through the implementation of this plan, intends to build upon these efforts and increase communication between stakeholders in the Headwaters of the South Skunk River watershed.
- Story City
Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD)
Development of the plan followed an 18-month planning process that was informed by stakeholder input and community engagement. Public open house meetings were held in November 2022 to inform the public and provide an opportunity for comments. Following this public review, the plan was updated to reflect public input and adopted by the WMA on December 7, 2022.
Read or Download the Plan Here
Read or Download the 4-page Executive Summary Here
- Chapter 1: Introduction and Background
- Chapter 2: Watershed Inventory
- Chapter 3: Assessment of Current Conditions
- Chapter 4: Goals
- Chapter 5: Long-Term Implementation Strategy
- Chapter 6: Education Plan
- Chapter 7: Short-Term Action Plan
- Chapter 8: Funding and Technical Resources
- Appendix A - Stakeholder and Public Participation
- Appendix B - Technical Reports
- Appendix C - Annual Evaluation Worksheets
- Appendix D - Project Funding Roadmap
Linda Murken, WMA Chairperson
Story County Board of Directors
Adam Rupe, Watershed Planner