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Upper Wapsi in the News!

By |2018-04-02T08:20:09-05:00April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Clean Water, Flood Mitigation, Watershed Management|

Work on Wapsipinicon will reduce flooding, aid wildlife Orlan Love, Gazette correspondent Construction is expected to begin later this year on a project intended to reduce flood impacts and improve water quality in the Wapsipinicon River. “The main focus is flood control, which will help everybody downstream. But the projects also will improve water quality and [...]

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Upper Wapsi Watershed Open Houses

By |2017-10-31T10:43:23-05:00October 31st, 2017|Categories: Clean Water, Flood Mitigation, Uncategorized, Watershed Management|

Residents and landowners in the Upper Wapsi Watershed are invited to a series of Public Meeting Open Houses. Who might want to come? Anyone who is interested in... Keeping communities and landowners in the Upper Wapsi protected from flooding. Sustaining clean water. Learning about urban conservation practices that can beautify communities and help better manage stormwater [...]

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Bioswales: Not your grandmother’s storm sewer

By |2017-09-25T10:35:05-05:00September 25th, 2017|Categories: Clean Water, Community Stormwater Management, Flood Mitigation, Watershed Management|

A bioswale can be used in place of a traditional storm sewer. Planted with deep-rooted native grasses, flowers, and shrubs, bioswales beautify while helping water filter and infiltrate. Bioswales work best when they are placed in existing drainage areas. By design, bioswales infiltrate frequent smaller rain events and convey heavy rains in a non-erosive manner. They [...]

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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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In the News: Cut of $96 million to go to Wapsie flood plans

By Jack Swanson|2017-04-05T13:48:23-05:00April 5th, 2017|Categories: Watershed Management|

Will be looking at ways to slow water flow By Jack Swanson, Managing Editor of the Oelwein Daily Register POSTVILLE – The Upper Wapsipinicon Watershed Management Authority recently kicked off a process to develop a 20-year plan for increasing resiliency to flooding along the Wapsipinicon River and its tributaries. The planning process, led by Northeast Iowa [...]

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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.