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Rapid Creek Watershed Project Receives Funding

JOHNSON COUNTY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) --  The Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) recently was awarded a grant of $247,650 from the Iowa Watershed Improvement Review Board for a project to address water quality issues in Rapid Creek.

The Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District is a partnership among conservationists and soil technicians from Johnson County government, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) that provides leadership for the enhancement of the county's natural resources and quality of life. Johnson County's Soil and Water Conservation Specialist Kate Giannini secured the funding.

"Our project will address water quality issues by implementing best management practices, funding a coordinator, and providing education and outreach to landowners," said Giannini.

"This is a critical project that we've been working on since 2008. We've completed a detailed assessment of the watershed, identified priority areas and conducted water monitoring and analysis. The grant funding will allow us to implement our Watershed Management Plan and focus on nutrient reduction best management practices. During this three-year project, which is expected to kick off in July, we will work with private landowners to encourage voluntary implementation of cover crops, ponds, filter strips and other conservation practices. Thanks to the grant, landowners will be eligible to receive up to 75% financial assistance for installation," Giannini explained.

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