Explore watershed planning efforts underway in Story County

Current Planning Efforts Underway

Watershed Assessments

In early 2017, the Board of Supervisors brought 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 are developing a comprehensive assessment that identifies watershed specific goals and develops implementation strategies addressing education, outreach and water quality improvement goals.

Story County is leading the state as the first county to look at watersheds at the county-wide level. We hope this project helps define the health of our watersheds. The final report for the Watershed Assessments can be viewed here (PDF).

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ACPF (Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework) Analysis

Ioway Creek Watershed

Story County is part of a larger effort underway by the Ioway Creek Watershed Management Authority to develop a comprehensive watershed plan for the Ioway Creek Watershed. More information on the Ioway Creek Watershed Plan is available by clicking here.

Hickory Grove Watershed

Story County Conservation, in partnership with Iowa State University, and several agencies, local organizations and groups, including Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, USDA-NRCS, Story Soil and Water Conservation District, Prairie Rivers of Iowa RC&D, Iowa Learning Farms, and landowners and residents, created the Hickory Grove Lake Watershed Management Action plan. The action plan is aimed to enhance water quality, improve safety, and reduce bacteria at the beach at Hickory Grove Park. The Hickory Grove Lake Action Plan can be viewed here (PDF).