In early 2017, the Story County Board of Supervisors and the Story County Conservation Board partnered to bring on a consulting firm to develop countywide watershed assessments throughout Story County. Looking at watersheds at the smaller level – technically, the Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 10 and 12 watershed levels – we developed a comprehensive assessment that identifies watershed specific goals and develops implementation strategies addressing education, outreach and water quality improvement goals.
In 2010, Iowa lawmakers passed legislation authorizing the creation of Watershed Management Authorities. A Watershed Management Authority (WMA) is a mechanism for cities, counties, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) and stakeholders to cooperatively engage in watershed planning and management, such as:
Assess and reduce flood risk
Assess and improve water quality
Monitor federal flood risk planning and activities
Educate residents of the watersheds regarding flood risks and water quality
Allocate funding for watershed improvements
Story County is involved in these WMA's: Four Mile Creek WMA, Ioway Creek (formerly Squaw Creek) WMA, Headwaters of the Skunk River WMA