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Neighbors Growing Together | May 24, 2018

Watershed receives funding extension

Jul 05, 2017

MT. PLEASANT – The Lower Skunk River Water Quality and Soil Health Initiative Project received its three-year project extension that will carry through June of 2020.

The project began in June 2014. Since its inception, the project has accomplished over 5,000 acres of cover crops, installed 138,666 feet of terraces, installed two constructed wetlands, and one saturated buffer. Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, commented that the projects are “hitting their stride.”

in terms of engaging farmers, getting practices on the ground and coordinating with

partners and stakeholders. We have always understood that it would take a long-term

commitment to improvement in these watersheds and I’m excited to continue to learn from

these projects as we work to scale-up and expand water quality efforts across the state.”

The Lower Skunk River Water Quality and Soil Health Initiative is a 134,541 acre Water Quality

Initiative project consisting of 12 watersheds. The project area encompasses sections of

Henry, Lee, Jefferson and Van Buren counties. Its purpose is to carry out the Iowa Nutrient

Reduction Strategy and Water Quality Initiative by implementing specific nutrient reduction


The project offers cost-share on soil health evaluations, nutrient management practices, cover

crops and edge-of-field practices. For more information on the Lower Skunk River Water Quality

and Soil Health Initiative, please contact Miranda Haes, project coordinator at 319-385-2824, Ext.

3. For information on the Nutrient Reduction Strategy, Water Quality Initiative, and other projects

in the state, visit www.cleanwateriowa.org.

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