Our goal is to increase communication and coordination within the Indian Creek Watershed to reduce flood risk and improve water quality.
Indian Creek Watershed Management Authority
The Indian Creek Watershed Management Authority (ICWMA) is a cooperative agreement among the jurisdictions within the watershed to provide a framework for watershed level planning and management. Watershed Management Authorities have the ability to conduct watershed assessments, implement watershed improvement projects, and educate communities about flood risk and water quality concerns. Our goal is to increase communication and coordination within the Indian Creek Watershed to reduce flood risk and improve water quality.
Who's in the Indian Creek Watershed?
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If you live in one of these communities, contact your local government about ways you can get involved with your city's watershed efforts.
The Indian Creek Watershed drains 93 square miles of agricultural land and suburban and urban development within Linn County. Portions of Alburnett, Robins, Hiawatha and Cedar Rapids and nearly all of the city of Marion are located in the watershed.
The three tributary creeks--Dry Creek, Wanatee Creek and Indian Creek--run through several communities in the watershed. Increased flooding of these creeks in the past decade has caused heavy financial costs on the communities and their residents, and a need to minimize future damages as a result. In addition to flood damage, pollution and elevated bacteria levels have impaired of portions of the creek and are of concern for the water quality and safety of communities in the watershed.
Local governments within the watershed have come together with the help of the Indian Creek WMA to work with their communities and create long-term solutions to help the quality of water and minimize the costs of flood damage within the watershed.