By CINDY TOOPES Courier staff writer
The Ottumwa Daily Courier
---- — OTTUMWA — Soap Creek and Chequest Watersheds will soon receive a $1.5 million grant for flood mitigation assistance for area farm ponds and wetlands.
Wapello County Supervisor Jerry Parker said Monday that the Iowa Flood Center’s grant is part of the Iowa Watersheds Project and the Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa.
“This is just the next step in the successful application we turned in for the $ 1.5 million from Iowa Flood Center,” Parker said. An April 11 meeting “will also gather public input on the projects. We’ve got to gather public input on the project to see where to spend the money in the Chequest and Soap Creek areas.”
“Soap Creek has about 100 structures, whereas Chequest is a new watershed project … In the coming weeks the Chequest Advisory Committee will identify a subwatershed in the Chequest Creek area and target it for the grant funding,” he added.
Parker also said funding for Soap Creek can be used anywhere within the Soap Creek Watershed with project construction expected to begin as early as late August.
Leaders of the watersheds are hosting a public input meeting at 6 p.m. April 11 at the Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative, two miles east of Bloomfield on Highway 2. Landowners and other interested citizens are encouraged to attend the meeting, according to Parker.
“They can meet and learn more about the project,” he added.
For more information, residents can contact Parker at the Wapello County Board of Supervisors’ office or Felicia Campbell at 641-664-2600, ext. 3.