The land use in the Mud, Camp and Spring Creek watersheds is mostly agricultural, however; the growth of the municipalities of Altoona and Pleasant Hill is increasing stormwater runoff in these watersheds. This runoff and accompanying pollutants drain to the streams. Flooding, nutrient pollution, and stream bank erosion are the primary concerns in the watersheds. Although there is minimal monitoring data from the watersheds, available IOWATER data indicates water quality is an important element to address in this management plan. After community members expressed their concerns and jurisdictions desired to have a better collaboration mechanism, the Mud, Camp, and Spring Creek Watershed Management Authority (MCSCWMA) was formed to address these and other challenges.

1.1 Watershed Management Authority

A Watershed Management Authority is formed when two or more eligible political subdivisions want to work together to engage in watershed planning and management. The political subdivisions can include a combination of cities, counties, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The MCSCWMA was formed in February of 2014 under a Chapter 28E Agreement (see Appendix B for complete agreement). This organization was established to provide a common voice and to facilitate inter-jurisdictional cooperation in working together on watershed issues and opportunities.

The WMA responsibilities may include:

  • Assess the flood risk in the watershed
  • Assess the flood risk in the watershed
  • Assess the water quality in the watershed
  • Assess options for reducing flood risk and improving water quality in the watershed
  • Monitor federal flood risk planning and activities
  • Educate residents of the watershed area regarding water quality and flood risks
  • Seek and allocate moneys made available to the Authority for purposes of water quality and flood risks
  • Make and enter into contracts and agreements and execute all instruments necessary or incidental to the performance of the duties of the Authority. The Authority shall not have the power to acquire property by eminent domain or having taxing authority, per Iowa Code Chapter 466B.2. All interests in land shall be held in the name of the Party wherein said lands are located.

The requirements of a WMA include being located within a watershed no larger than an 8-digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) watershed, notifying all eligible political subdivisions to participate within 30 days prior to establishing organization, a Chapter 28E agreement filed with the Secretary of State, and a Board of Directors. Membership in the MCSCWMA was established based on political boundaries in the watershed.

8 different jurisdictions are located within the watershed