|Rathbun Land and Water Alliance Board and Partners|
The Rathbun Land and Water Alliance Board held their quarterly meeting at the Pin Oak Lodge Education Center near Chariton on Friday, March 28. Organizations and agencies that support the Alliance's Protect Rathbun Lake Project activities provided reports and included the Army Corps of Engineers, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Iowa State University Extension, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship-Division of Soil Conservation and Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Special water quality monitoring reports were presented by Iowa DNR staff - Geologist, Michelle Balmer, who coordinates the water quality monitoring at designated points in Rathbun Lake and its tributaries and Jason Palmer, technical development and biological impairments, who monitors stream bank erosion in the Rathbun Lake Watershed. Look for their reports on the Technical Reports and Maps tab.
Rathbun Lake is located on the Chariton River in south central Iowa. The Rathbun Lake watershed includes more than 354,000 acres. The US Army Corps of Engineers developed the lake in the late 1960s. The Corps of Engineers is responsible for managing Rathbun Lake, associated lake facilities, and adjacent public land.
Rathbun Land and Water Alliance members and partners include the following individuals, agencies and organizations: Landowners in the Rathbun Lake Watershed; CoBank; Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Division of Soil Conservation; Iowa Department of Natural Resources; Iowa State University; Iowa Watershed Improvement Review Board; Southern Iowa Development and Conservation Authority; US Army Corps of Engineers; US Environmental Protection Agency; USDA Farm Service Agency; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; Appanoose, Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Monroe, and Wayne Soil and Water Conservation Districts; Appanoose, Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Monroe, and Wayne Counties; Iowa Farm Bureau at the state and county levels; and Rathbun Regional Water Association.