New Website: www.walnutcreekwatershed.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
*Supplemental items included are versions that were presented at that meeting.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.