South Skunk River Basin Watershed Project - Ames
This project involves the unique application of green infrastructure best management practices to improve water quality in the Ames community. Project organizers plan to use native turf and landscape, bioretention cells, and permeable pavement systems to restore and retain lost soil due to erosion.
The project is located within the Squaw Creek Watershed in an ultra-urban area of downtown Ames. Site drainage is to an outfall that discharges to Squaw Creek prior to the confluence with the South Skunk River. This portion of the creek and river are heavily influenced by urban stormwater discharges. Located in an older, highly impervious portion of the City, there are no stormwater controls to address water quality. The proposed stormwater controls will cool and clean stormwater from the site prior to discharge into Squaw Creek.
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