The Ottumwa Courier

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June 10, 2014

Buckeye Creek watershed project benefits Wapello County

WAPELLO COUNTY — The success of the Buckeye Creek Water Quality Improvement and Flood Reduction Project in Wapello County underscores just how beneficial environmentally responsible land practices can be in Iowa.

The Resource Enchancement and Protection (REAP) funded watershed project reduces sediment flow into Buckeye Creek by more than 8,700 tons annually through more than nine miles of tile-intake terraces and 17 grade stabilization structure “ponds” that permeate the 10,800-acre watershed.

REAP funding, through a Water Protection Fund grant from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, along with other state and federal funds, allowed 60 of the 79 landowners to participate.

Terrace benefits include reducing the flow of sediment into grade stabilization structures and other water bodies by 75 percent.

The structures also store additional water during heavy rainfall, letting unsilted water out at a controlled pace and thereby significantly reducing flood damage to roads and farmland in the area.

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