Mud Camp Spring Watershed Overview

Mud Camp and Spring Creek Watersheds encompasses 64,511 acres of Central Iowa. The creeks and their tributaries traverse over 50 miles before entering the Des Moines River. Jurisdictions located within the watershed include: Mitchellville, Runnells, Pleasant Hill, Altoona, and Bondurant.

Throughout the watersheds, the landscape is predominantly agriculture, but over recent years urban growth has been increasing. Both ag and urban areas create unique issues that impact both water quality and flooding. To bring watershed stakeholders and jurisdiction together, a Watershed Management Authority (WMA) was formed in 2014. This group is focused on facilitating partnerships and collaboration to both improve water quality and reduce flooding across the watershed.

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Learn what you can do to address the numerous issues of the Mud Camp & Spring Creek Watersheds, including water quality and flooding. To achieve the goals outline by the watershed management plan, we need collaboration from residents of urban and rural areas as well as policy makers.


Come work with our Iowa rural landowners to implement conservation practices that hold water upstream, improve water quality, and reduce downstream flooding. These practices include but are not limited to bioreactors, cover crops, stream buffers, grassed waterways, and wetlands.


Work across developed urban areas to improve stormwater management and stabilize eroded streams, resulting in improved water quality, reduced runoff, and more flood resilient communities. Developers, cities, and homeowners can create landscapes that treat rainfall as a resource rather than a waste product.


Utilize stormwater management techniques that mitigate the impacts of urban development. Alter development standards for stormwater management including stream buffers, floodplain protection, and Iowa Stormwater Management Manual design requirements.

8 different jurisdictions are located within the watershed