The Ottumwa Courier

May 28, 2013

Holding back the water saves soil and structures

Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA — When the rain pours, it's easy to recall why holding structures are needed in southeast Iowa.

Wapello County Supervisor Jerry Parker said Tuesday that heavy rains do remind people to realize the importance and significance of watersheds.

"No matter what problems we have from watersheds, those could be worse if we hadn't built 132 holding structures to hold the water back," Parker said. "The effect and damage would have been extremely worse."

The Iowa Flood Center can gauge how much rain has fallen by measuring rainfall from creek levels. They can track how much water the creek is holding back from the river, Parker said. A 4-inch rain seems like a 2-inch rain, he added.

Parker hopes he can attend an upcoming state meeting about watersheds. The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 4 at the Supreme Court Office of Water Management Association. Personnel additions included hiring a temporary media coordinator for the American Gothic House Center in Eldon and hiring a full-time maintenance technician in the Wapello County Conservation Department.

The board also approved (deferred) annual licensed code support agreements for software and updated state of work agreements (through Solutions).