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Des Moines Register: Flooding has slammed every Iowa county since 1988, some as many as 17 times

By Donnelle Eller|2018-04-29T13:13:30-05:00April 29th, 2018|Categories: Flood Mitigation|

Read this article (complete with photos) in the Des Moines Register QUASQUETON, Ia. — Puttering down the Wapsipinicon River in his fishing boat, Ronnie Wolfe points to a small backwater channel that's similar to one on land he owns a couple miles south of this northeast Iowa town. He wants to restore the channel on his 80 [...]

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Position Opening: Upper Wapsipinicon River Watershed Management Authority Project Coordinator

By |2017-04-28T09:18:42-05:00April 28th, 2017|Categories: Watershed Management|

Upper Wapsipinicon River Watershed Management Authority Announcement Date: 4/28/2017 Application Closing Date: 05/12/2017 Anticipated Date of Hire: 06/01/2017 Buchanan Soil and Water Conservation District, in cooperation with the Upper Wapsipinicon River Watershed Management Authority (WMA), seeks a self-motivated, experienced Watershed Project Coordinator to implement the Iowa Watershed Approach project for the Upper Wapsipinicon River Watershed. The [...]

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The Daily Erosion Project

By |2017-03-21T12:45:09-05:00March 21st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Daily Erosion Project (DEP) estimates precipitation, runoff, sheet and rill erosion, and hillslope delivery in near real time, on over 2000 watersheds in the Midwest (Figure 1). It does this by running the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model with a combination of remotely-sensed precipitation weather stations, remotely-sensed crop and residue cover, remotely-sensed topography, and [...]

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Building a Stormwater Quality Management Program in Readlyn

By |2019-08-03T15:40:53-05:00March 14th, 2017|Categories: Clean Water, Flood Mitigation|

The City of Readlyn recently received $70,000 from the Iowa Water Quality Initiative Urban Conservation Project to be used to support a local partnership brought together with the common goal of building a stormwater quality management program within the City of Readlyn. This project will partner with the SRF Sponsored Projects Program to install a series of [...]

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Master River Stewards Program to be Offered Summer 2017 in Wapsipinicon River Watershed

By |2017-03-13T11:24:13-05:00March 13th, 2017|Categories: Clean Water, Flood Mitigation, Watershed Management|

Iowa Rivers Revival’s Master River Stewards Program is a comprehensive river course that will focus on riverine systems, including skills to paddle and navigate rivers, restore aquatic habitat, improve water quality, and understand policies related to floodplains, river protection and restoration. The Master River Steward program will build on a network of river experts in various partner [...]

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$96.9 million Iowa Watershed Approach shifts into high gear

By Lynn Anderson Davy|2019-07-31T14:46:48-05:00February 24th, 2017|Categories: Watershed Management|

Cities, counties, and other groups are organizing regional watershed management authorities (WMAs) and hiring project coordinators as the Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA), a $96.9 million program, enters its first official year and kicks off work to reduce flood risks and improve water quality across the state. It was roughly a year ago that the governor’s office [...]

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The Wapsipinicon River

The Wapsipinicon River stretches over 290 miles from the Iowa/Minnesota border all the way to the Mississippi River near Clinton, Iowa. Although it only extends two miles into Minnesota, the Wapsipinicon River is the fifth largest Iowa tributary of the Mississippi, being surpassed in length only by the Des Moines, Cedar, Iowa, and Skunk rivers. It is a long narrow watershed that for 180 miles averages barely more than 15 miles wide and thus it has no major tributary.

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Even though it is narrow, this watershed covers 4.5% of Iowa. The Wapsipinicon River boasts the longest, continuous stretch of natural and scenic river corridor in the Iowan Surface Region of Iowa. Much of that river corridor is in public ownership and dominated by wooded wetlands and riparian forests that provide habitat for birds, reptiles and other animal species, as well as birders, boaters, paddlers and anglers.

The Upper Wapsi

The Upper Wapsipinicon River, or Upper Wapsi, is a section that includes the 270 miles of river above Anamosa, Iowa. The Upper Wapsi Watershed drains over 1 million acres and encompasses all or portions of 11 counties, 27 communities, 17 unincorporated villages, 120 lakes and 8 major rivers and streams totaling over 2,000 river miles.