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The Fourmile Creek Watershed Management Authority was recognized as one of the recipients of the Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Award on August 4, 2015, for successfully implementing sustainable environmental regulation compliance improvements on Fourmile Creek. This award recognizes the hard work from many contributors in the Fourmile Creek Watershed working to improve Iowa’s natural resources.

Supervisor Tom Hockensmith, whose district encompasses much of the Fourmile Creek Watershed, said “I am proud of the work that is taking place on Fourmile Creek. The Watershed Authority has 100% participation from all eligible jurisdictions and I hope that this serves as a model for other watersheds and sets the precedent for improving water quality across the state.”

Fourmile Creek Watershed primarily includes Polk County and the southern portions of Boone and Story Counties.  The Authority was established in 2012 over common concerns of soil and water quality and flooding in the watershed. Members of the Authority include public and private representatives from each community and county in the watershed as well as each county’s soil and water conservation district offices. The watershed has experienced increased urbanization, flooding, and stormwater runoff, which leads to nutrient loading and streambank erosion draining into Fourmile Creek and, ultimately the Des Moines River.

Snyder & Associates, Inc. recently prepared a Watershed Management Plan to assess the current conditions of the watershed and prepare alternatives and recommendations for flood reduction, rural and urban land planning management and development, stormwater detention and stream corridor restoration. Several sustainable initiatives have been and will continue to be implemented to improve water quality and flood reduction.  View the complete report.

Read more details on the Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Awards.The awards are sponsored by the Governor’s Office, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Department of Economic Development, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Waste Reduction Center.