Walnut Creek WMA

New Website: http://www.walnutcreekwatershed.org

Click here to be taken to the relocated website for the Walnut Creek Watershed Management Authority. 

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About

The Walnut Creek Watershed Management Authority was created in 2014 to address environmental concerns including high nitrate levels, high bacteria levels, high turbidity, flash flooding and stream bank erosion. The new entity subsequently received a $123,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to develop a watershed plan, which will be developed by consulting partner RDG Planning & Design.

The Walnut Creek watershed is one of the most quickly urbanizing watersheds in Iowa, encompassing 52,643 acres in Dallas and Polk Counties and including portions of Clive, Dallas Center, Des Moines, Grimes, Johnston, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights. The watershed is approximately 60 percent urban land use and 40 percent agricultural land use.

If you have any questions about this group, please contact MPO senior planner Teva Dawson at 515-334-0075 or tdawson@dmampo.org.

Watershed Management Plan (FINAL)

A Walnut Creek Watershed Management Plan has been developed to chart a course to improve the Walnut Creek watershed and is posted here for reference by the public, policy makers, and others. Also posted here is the presentation about the plan that was given in January and February 2016 to member governments of the Walnut Creek WMA.

WMA_Master Plan Final – Part 1
WMA_Master Plan Final – Part 2
WMA_Master Plan Final – Part 3
WMA_Master Plan Final – Part 4

Walnut Creek Watershed Plan Fact Sheet
Walnut Creek WMA presentation — Watershed Master Plan in Progress
(PDF)

The plan was being developed on the WMA’s behalf by lead consultant RDG Planning & Design together with Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District and Snyder and Associates.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas
Minutes
Supplemental Items*
June 20, 2016, Agenda Minutes
May 23, 2016, Agenda Minutes  Watershed Coordinator Summary
November 20, 2015 Agenda Minutes
October 21, 2015 Agenda Minutes
September 18, 2015 Agenda Minutes  Water Quality Modeling
August 25, 2015 Agenda Minutes
July 29, 2015 Agenda Minutes  Presentation
July 15, 2015 Agenda Minutes
June 23, 2015 Agenda Minutes
March 18, 2015 Agenda Minutes Presentation
January 7, 2015 Agenda Minutes
October 10, 2014 Agenda Minutes
September 17, 2014 Agenda Minutes  –
August 13, 2014 Agenda Minutes
April 16, 2014 Agenda Minutes

*Supplemental items included are versions that were presented at that meeting.  

 Walnut Creek Watershed
Map -- Walnut Creek Watershed Management Authority

What is a Watershed Management Authority?

A Watershed Management Authority, also known as a WMA, is a mechanism for cities, counties, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) and stakeholders to cooperatively engage in watershed planning and management. The WMA is formed by a Chapter 28E Agreement, does not have taxing authority and may not acquire property through eminent domain.

Reports

Existing Conditions (PDF))

Get Involved

The public is invited to get involved in the planning process to help inform the watershed management plan for Walnut Creek. An open house will be hosted by the Walnut Creek WMA from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Clive Community Center.

For more information,  contact MPO senior planner Teva Dawson at 515-334-0075 or tdawson@dmampo.org.

Video tour of the Walnut Creek Watershed

Voting members of the Walnut Creek Watershed Management Authority:

Polk County, Clive, Dallas Center, Des Moines, Grimes, Johnston, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Dallas County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Click here for the 28E Agreement for the Walnut Creek WMA

Other stakeholders in planning process:

Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, Des Moines Water Works, Green and Sustainable Clive, the Walnut Creek Watershed Coalition and RDG Planning & Design.

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