Watershed Overview

Watershed MapThe Headwaters of the South Skunk River Watershed Management Authority (WMA) is working with JEO Consulting to develop a Watershed Management Plan. The goal of this process is 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.

Member Entities: 
Entity Cities:

  • Ames
  • Jewell
  • Randall
  • Roland
  • Story City

Entity Counties:

  • Hamilton
  • Story

Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD)

  • Hamilton
  • Story
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Learn More at Upcoming Open House Meetings

Open House

November 10, 2022
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Story City Community Center, 503 Elm Avenue, Story City, IA 50248
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Jewell Golf Course, 1225 Main Street, Jewell, IA  50130

Masks are encouraged. Refreshments will be provided.

The intention of each public open house is to gather input from the community on how this plan can best serve you. Come learn about the different sections of the plan, meet WMA members, and have your voice heard. Public comments will be accepted at the open houses, or online or via email until November 18, 2022. See the link below to review the draft plan and submit an online comment.

Review the Public Meeting Display Boards here.

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Review the Draft Plan

We are seeking public feedback on the Draft Plancurrent draft of the plan. You are invited to share comments with us via the form below – or feel free to contact us. This information will be used to help guide the final review and adoption of the plan. All comments need to be received by November 18, 2022.

Review the Draft Plan by clicking here.

Review the 4-page Executive Summary here

Plan Outline

  • 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
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Public Comment Form

For any questions, requests for additional information, or to provide comments on the draft plan, please use the webform provided below.

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