May 2023 - eNews

Manchester Mural Ribbon Cutting

What a great turnout we had on April 21st for the unveiling of the beautiful mural at the Manchester Fish Hatchery! It was wonderful hearing from all the partners who made it possible. Sean, the University of Iowa Artist, had the honor of cutting the ribbon surrounded by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries team, Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce, the Friends of the Manchester Fish HatcheryIowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities director and the MR WMA!

Thanks to everyone who joined us!! Listen to to the partners speak about their involvement of the art piece, on KMCH radio HERE!

Water Sampling Season is upon us!

The bottles have been dropped off and sampling starts next week!

(Water Monitoring Committee- Check your email from Lynette!)

A Huge THANK YOU to all that make this happen and for sampling of the 45 locations three times a season, run like a well oiled machine!

We could not do this with out you!!

NONPOINT SOURCE SUCCESS STORY Project Restores Aquatic Life in Tete des Morts Creek

Tete des Morts Creek in Jackson County experienced a fish kill in

2005, and biological samples collected in 2001 showed a decline

in the biological community of benthic macroinvertebrates. As a result, the Iowa Department of

Natural Resources (DNR) placed the creek on Iowa’s impaired waters list in 2006. Nutrients and

increased sediment delivery were identified as pollutants of concern in the watershed. Through

the Tete des Morts Watershed Project, farmers and landowners installed conservation practices

that reduced nutrients and sediment reaching the creek and improved the habitat for aquatic life.

Monitoring shows Tete des Morts now meets the impairment delisting criteria for both the benthic

macroinvertebrates and fish. Therefore, Iowa DNR removed the creek from the impaired waters list

in the 2022 cycle due to the recovery of the biological community.

Read on

Funding Webinar Opportunity

Ramping up with RCPP – May 24th 11:00am to 3:45pm CT

Increased funding for the NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program will offer new opportunities to accelerate watershed projects. In this online meeting, RCPP lead partners and NRCS program staff will discuss challenges and successes with the program, and the potential to take innovative approaches in future RCPP proposals. View the agenda, and register here. Learn more about Leadership for Midwestern Watersheds here.

Upcoming Events

Frog Survey Registration

The MR WMA will be there and we are looking forward to seeing you!

Dyersville Event RSVP

Please join us in Jones County on June 1st, don't forget to RSVP below for lunch.

RSVP for Relay Cropping Field Day

Three days of fun on the banks of the Maquoketa! See you there!

A note from Limestone Bluffs RC&D:

Stephanie Sagers, Executive Director- email:, office: 563.221.1930

$1 Billion Available to Help Farmers, Ranchers and Rural Businesses Invest in Renewable Energy Systems and Energy-Efficiency Improvements.

Anyone interested please reach out to Stephanie at or 563.221.1930

Read the entire press release HERE

Renewal Energy Program Info

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