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Public Forum to Share Results of Maquoketa River Watershed Survey

An online meeting/public forum will be held Tuesday night to share results of the recent Maquoketa River Watershed survey.

More than four hundred residents provided input about the watershed’s future and the way it can be managed to improve water quality and mitigate flooding risk.

The Maquoketa River travels 150 miles from its origin in southern Fayette County to where it joins the Mississippi River in Jackson County. Just shy of 1.1 million acres, the Maquoketa River Watershed impacts businesses, farmers and residents across nine counties. Four years ago, the Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority was formed to work as a cohesive partnership of 35 member cities, counties, soil and water conservation districts and a lake district. And last year, a group of graduate students from the University of Iowa’s School of Planning and Public Affairs began working with the Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority to develop a long-term watershed management plan as part of a two-year long project.

Local residents will be able to interact with these groups at Tuesday’s online meeting/public forum, which begins at 7 pm. Registration and Zoom information can be found online at maquoketariverwma.org.

Manchester City Manager Tim Vick will join us as our “Guest of the Day” on KMCH on Tuesday at 8:10 am to talk more about the public forum.


photo courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH

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