Open House: Walnut Creek Watershed

Open house for Walnut Creek Watershed on April 29

The public is invited to share ideas for improving and protecting the Walnut Creek Watershed at an event kicking off a new watershed management plan. The event is from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at Windsor Heights Community Center, 6900 School Street.

The watershed management plan is being developed by the Walnut Creek Watershed Management Authority, a regional body of governments created in 2014 to look after the health and well-being of the Walnut Creek watershed. Walnut Creek is a tributary of the Raccoon River and a source of drinking water for the Des Moines metro area.

The event is designed for the public to share ideas with planners about the watershed’s future, including the water quality and flood mitigation. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Activities include:

• Test Walnut Creek’s water quality
• Discover the work of paddle artist Nancy Crowfoot
• Build a rain barrel
• Preview the new area bicycle commuter map
• Learn the art and science of bicycle building from experts

For more information, please go online to or contact MPO senior planner Teva Dawson at 515-334-0075 or