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5-Yr Road Construction Program
The Draft version of the Story County Secondary Road 2018-2022 five year program is now available for review. Additional Info...
Story County Boards and Commissions Openings
The following Story County Boards and Commissions have openings: Analysis of Social Services Evaluation Team (ASSET) - 2 openings and Veteran’s Affairs Commission – 1 opening. Read on...
Proposed Budget and Budget Hearing Handout
The Public Hearing to consider the FY18 budget will be held on March 14 starting at 10 am in the Public Meeting Room of the Story County Administration Building, 900 6th St., Nevada. The budget may be lowered at the hearing but cannot be raised. Additional Info...
FY18 Budget Schedule and Departmental Worksheets
See work session schedules and departmental budget worksheets for revenues and expenditures. Additional Info...
Input Sought on County’s Draft CIP
The Story County Board of Supervisors invites comments on the draft Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) through the end of February. Read on...
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Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor - Master Plan

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Work to Begin at Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor

Following the Story County Board of Supervisor’s approval of the master plan at the February 14 Board meeting, construction on Phase I for the Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor is set to begin by the end of the month. The master plan, which was unveiled at two open houses in January and received public comment, describes a space designed as a live learning laboratory showcasing and exploring conservation techniques. The 37-acre park demonstrates a collaborative approach to commercial development that will improve Story County’s economy, environment, and quality of life.

Phase I work will focus on stream restoration and bank stabilization. The deeply incised stream channel is mostly forested and dominated by highly invasive understory species. Select areas of forested riparian zone will be removed to re-establish the historic plant community — tallgrass prairie with scattered trees. In other areas along the stream, existing trees will remain, and invasive understory plants (predominantly honeysuckle) will be removed. The stream will then be accessible for reshaping and stabilizing the banks.

While it appears that a lot of habitat is being destroyed, removal of the low quality, early successional and invasive species will create a healthier and more functional system. The restoration of historic, native vegetation will better keep the soil in place, reducing erosion and incision of the channel.

For more information, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday) or email us at conservation@storycountyiowa.gov.

Click here to view the presentation given by members of the engineering team from Shive-Hattery, Wallace Roberts Todd, Great Ecology, Earthview Environmental, and E-Resources Group.

 


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