The Shell Rock River runs from Albert Lea, Minnesota to its confluence with the Cedar River a few miles north of Cedar Falls in Iowa.
The full watershed is approximately 691,000 acres, with a little more than three-fourths of that area (533,000 acres) in north central Iowa.
The Iowa portion includes partial areas of seven counties: Winnebago, Worth, Mitchell, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Butler, and Bremer Counties.
In 2021, several cities, counties, and soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) voluntarily joined together to create the Shell Rock River Watershed Management Coalition (SRRWMC)
The SRRWMC’s goal is to participate in the management and enhancement of the Iowa portion of the watershed
In 2022 the SRRWMC received grant funding to begin the development of a voluntary watershed management plan.
The watershed planning process is focused on the following issues:
The watershed plan will identify and prioritize projects and activities to address watershed concerns
Implementation of the plan is based on voluntary cooperation between SRRWMC members, farmers, and other stakeholders.
The SRRWMC was formed through the voluntary signing a of Chapter 28E Agreement, which is an interlocal agreement, between eligible entities within the Iowa portion of the watershed.
The SRRWMC does not have taxing authority and it may not acquire property through eminent domain.
The coalition meets on a quarterly basis – copies of meeting minutes can be viewed via links near the bottom of this webpage.
Currently the following cities, counties, and SWCDs are members of the SRRWMC:
Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD)
The Watershed Plan
JEO Consulting Group (JEO) has been hired by the Shell Rock River Watershed Management Coalition (SRRWMC) to assist in developing the watershed plan to address flood resiliency, water quality, recreation opportunities, and other resource concerns within the watershed. This process will include the following steps:
Review and analysis of existing resource data
Facilitation of several stakeholder and public meetings, where input and feedback will be gathered
Development of the draft watershed plan, which will then be refined based on stakeholder and public feedback
Provide a finalized watershed plan for adoption by the SRRWMC
The watershed planning process is anticipated to be complete by early 2024. During this time, the public is invited to attend meetings, review draft materials, and provide input – links and resources for doing so are provided at the bottom of this webpage.
The DRAFT Watershed Plan is currently available for public review. We ask that all comments be submitted by December 15, 2023. You can use the comment form below, or send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. The draft plan is available to download here: November 2023 DRAFT Watershed Plan
Please monitor social media, newspapers, etc. for announcements when meetings will be held.
As the planning process takes place, copies of presentations, worksheets, and other project related materials will be made available to the public. Please review or download these materials by clicking the links below.
October 5, 2023 - Quarterly Meeting Only brief project updates were provided at this meeting. Discussion was focused on ensuring public notifications were widely distributed for the upcoming open house meeting
November 15, 2023 - Open House, Public Meeting
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Nora Springs City Hall | 45 N Hawkeye Avenue
Join us to get an update on the Watershed Management Plan and proposed water quality, flooding and recreational improvements.