Squaw Creek Watershed WATER QUALITY INITIATIVE
The Squaw Creek Watershed is located in Boone, Story, and Hamilton County, Iowa. The primary objective of this demonstration projection is to achieve nutrient reduction in the watershed with the involvement of multiple partners and stakeholders along with the use of cutting-edge technology. This demonstration project established a 20-year strategic plan to help guide and target nutrient management efforts within the watershed using the Agriculture Conservation Planning Framework, along with other mapping technologies, in order to carefully examine the best use of conservation practices. This is so that farmers and landowners may more precisely address soil and water impairments in the watershed. An additional component of this project is education and awareness of watershed issues for farmer, landowners, and urban residents. If members of a watershed are not knowledgeable about the existing impairments in their watershed, they cannot act to improve the landscape. The project seeks to create watershed citizens who are personally invested in the soil health and water quality in the watershed. This project emphasizes the use of field days, workshops, and other educational opportunities to reach out to land managers as well as the public on soil health and water quality. The project will use selected conservation practices identified within the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and will place them in known impaired areas in the watershed.