Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rathbun Lake watershed landowners take action to protect Rathbun Lake

Since the Rathbun Land and Water Alliance's Protect Rathbun Lake Project began in 2004, nearly 600 landowners have worked with project staff to implement conservation practices that protect Rathbun Lake. Rathbun Lake is the water source for Rathbun Regional Water Association, which provides drinking water to 80,000 people in 51 communities and 18 counties in southern Iowa and northern Missouri.

The action taken by these landowners has reduced sediment delivery to Rathbun Lake by
44,000 tons per acre, per year. Phosphorus delivery to Rathbun Lake has been reduced by more than 190,000 pounds annually.

More than one million feet of terraces and 550 grade stabilization structures and sediment basins have been installed by these landowners.

To date, landowners have contributed $4.2 million to the protection of Rathbun Lake by installing best management practices.

Click on the Rathbun Lake Protectors tab to learn more about the Rathbun Lake Watershed landowners who have taken action to protect Rathbun Lake.