Formation of a Watershed Management Authority (WMA)
A public meeting has been set for Wednesday, June 14th at 9 AM at the Oakland Community Center. This event is to further discuss the formation of a Watershed Management Authority (WMA) for the East and West Nishnabotna Watersheds and IWA-related activities. Interested parties, such as Cities, Counties, and SWCDs are welcome to attend. Join us in learning more about participation in this important organization.
About the East Nishnabotna Watershed
The East Nishnabotna River Watershed (ENRW) encompasses 696,400 acres and touches 10 counties in Southwest Iowa. The ENRW is part of the Nishnabotna Basin, which drains to the Missouri River, a crucial water body that provides feeding, breeding, and resting areas for hundreds of species of birds and fish. The ENRW is located in the Southern Iowa Drift Plain Region, with broad rolling uplands and deep valleys adjoining woodland areas that provide abundant habitat for wildlife and recreation.
More information about the ENRW is available here.
About the West Nishnabotna Watershed
The West Nishnabotna River Watershed (WNRW) in Southwest Iowa is a tributary of the Missouri River. The watershed includes 489,500 acres within the Southern Iowa Drift Plain Region, with its steeply rolling uplands and wide valleys. This area consists of thick loess deposits with underlying glacial till and is highly erodible and susceptible to severe stream degradation. The river is used heavily for recreation and tourism, and it provides many historic and cultural resources, including the only state-designated water trail in Southwest Iowa. Currently, 80% of the watershed is cropland. In 2013, the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy identified the West Nishnabotna River Watershed as a high priority area. This means it is very efficient for best management practices for reducing nitrogen and phosphorous loads.
More information about the WNRW is available here.
Details About the Event
Directions to this event are available here. The event is free and open to the public; however, please RSVP to Breanna Shea, who is available at (319) 384-1729.