The Watershed Management Plan for Mud, Camp, and Spring Creeks was developed as a comprehensive resource with coordination from the Mud, Camp, and Spring Creek Watershed Management Authority (WMA). The development of the plan occurred over several meetings to discuss the concerns and challenges facing the watersheds. Through the information gathered at the meetings, goals and tasks were appointed.

Watershed Plan Overview

Watershed Characteristics

The characteristics of the watersheds are described in this section, including general information, topography, land use, soils, groundwater, and rainfall. The land cover of the watersheds is primarily agricultural, grasslands, and timber. These characteristics are some of the many that define the features of the watershed. Figures throughout the section illustrate each characteristic.


Based on the recommendations of the stakeholder group, the primary focus of this Watershed Management Plan is to develop a strategy to address the sediment and bacteria levels in the creeks. The Watershed Management Plan also secondarily addresses the nitrogen and phosphorous loading in the creeks. According to monitoring data collected as part of Iowa’s volunteer-based water monitoring program, IOWATER, Mud, Camp, and Spring Creeks have various stream attributes that may be of concern, including low to high phosphorous, normal to high dissolved oxygen, normal to high nitrates, and low to normal chlorides.

Stream Assessment

A comprehensive stream assessment was completed by the Polk Soil & Water Conservation District (PSWCD) using the Rapid Assessment of Stream Conditions Along Length (RASCAL) tool. The tool was able to identify areas of varying stability in the streams. Overall, the assessment indicated that the streams have significant areas of erosion and these areas are being prioritized for improvements to be made.

Stakeholder Involvement

The stakeholder involvement process involved holding several meetings with individuals with varied representations across the watersheds. The group had three meetings and discussed their recommendations and strategies to address issues in the Mud, Camp, and Spring Creek Watersheds. The goals that were identified are as follows:

  • Goal 1: Develop consistent policies for storm water and flood management, water quality improvement, and a well-balanced mix of land uses.
  • Goal 2: Increase community awareness, support, and involvement in the Watershed Plan and its implementation.
  • Goal 3: Maintain, preserve, and enhance natural resources character and function for habitat, recreation, and quality of life.
  • Goal 4: Identify and address soil and water issues to improve flood management and water quality.
  • Goal 5: Tasks That Fall Under Multiple Goals and Objectives

Implementation Plan

In the Implementation Plan section, each goal is explained in detail with accompanying recommendations and strategies of how to achieve each one. Each goal was assigned subgoals and tasks to help track milestones and develop a schedule. See Appendix A for the complete schedule.

Implementation Plan Prioritization

The MCSCWMA met to discuss the Implementation Plan and prioritize Goals and Tasks under the categories of Funding Needs, Policy Modifications, and Education & Communication. The top priorities are listed in this section within the full WMP.


Various technical and financial opportunities that will be used to implement a successful plan are described in this section within the full WMP.

Metro Waste Authority East Landfill and Thomas Mitchell Park are located within the Camp Creek watershed