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U of I Students Want Public’s Opinions on Maquoketa River

A team of University of Iowa graduate students would like your opinion on the Maquoketa River and its watershed.

The group is working closely with the City of Manchester, local officials, residents and the Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority as part of a two-year long project to develop a Maquoketa River Watershed Management Plan. They’re focusing on water quality, flood mitigation and preserving the river as a local asset.

The Maquoketa River travels 150 miles from its origins in southern Fayette County to where it joins the Mississippi River in Jackson County. The Maquoketa River Watershed impacts businesses, farmers and residents across nine counties, including Delaware, Dubuque, Buchanan, Jones, Linn, Clayton and Fayette counties.

The Maquoketa River Watershed Management Plan will act as a guide for the watershed management authority during the next five to ten years to address water-related issues including water quality, flooding and the social and economic impact of the Maquoketa River through recreational activities.

The team has created an online survey that they would like you to fill out – they want to know your perceptions of the watershed, as well as your highest priorities and concerns.  

The survey is now live and can be accessed through the website of Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority at maquoketariverwma.org or on the “Maquoketa River WMA” Facebook page.  The survey is anonymous, and you’ll be able to check out the results on the Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority’s website once the survey closes. 

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