Miller Creek

Miller Creek

Miller Creek Water Quality Improvement Project 

While both beautiful and productive, Iowa’s landscape has been dramatically altered in the last one hundred and fifty years. We are indebted to the prairies of yesterday for the rich farmland of today. However, our soil, streams, wetlands, and lakes have paid a heavy price. We also send a great deal of nitrates, phosphorus, eroded soil, and other pollutants downstream – eventually affecting the Mississippi basin and the Gulf of Mexico. Locally, drainage from our watershed enters the Middle Cedar River basin and impacts Cedar Rapids, which relies on the Cedar River for drinking water.

In response to Iowa’s ongoing challenges with water quality, our state developed the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. In 2014, the Miller Creek Water Quality Improvement Project was founded to support this strategy. Today, it has grown to include three distinct watersheds – Miller Creek, Headwaters of Miller Creek, and Rock Creek. These watersheds span across approximately 61,000 acres in southern Black Hawk and northern Tama Counties. An Environmental Specialist hired by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) works under the guidance of our Soil and Water Conservation District to support farmers and landowners as they initiate conservation projects and practices on their land. We rely on an advisory panel comprised of local farmers, colleagues, and agribusiness professionals. Many partners support us, including the USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service, the City of Cedar Rapids, the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, the Iowa Soybean Association, and scores of farmers and landowners who remain dedicated to stewardship.

If you are interested in planting cover crops or other conservation practices on your land, please contact us. We offer cost-share for cover crops and up to 100% funding for larger projects. We will also assist you with technical information.

To learn more about the Miller Creek project contact the SWCD at 296-3262, x3.  You can download a fact sheet by clicking here Miller Creek Fact Sheet.

 

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