Category: Water Sampling

Turkey River Streamflow in 2012

The USGS Iowa Water Science Center measures streamflow at six gages within the Turkey River Watershed. The graphs below show water flow in cubic feet per second (cfs) at the gage nearest the mouth of the river, at Garber.

The lowest recorded streamflow at Garber in 2012 was 187 cfs on October 5th (pending USGS certification). Average streamflow in the state for the 2012 water year (Oct.… Read more ›

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Clean Water Starts with Us

In the December Issue of Clean Water Starts With Us, read about beginning farmers and sustainability, a new study on how farmers make conservation decisions, new outreach tools available, working with schools on conservation practices, and more. View the December issue here (PDF) or past issues here.

Clean Water Starts With Us is a quarterly electronic newsletter from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship – Division of Soil Conservation (DSC) and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).… Read more ›

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Annual Report of the State Geologist

The Iowa Geological and Water Survey is an indispensable partner in the Turkey River Watershed Alliance, allowing those of us in the Turkey River Watershed to implement water quality monitoring and assessment, complete GIS analysis, participate in outreach activities and programs like Project A.W.A.R.E. and IOWATER, and gain a better understanding of the geology and groundwater systems that are critical to how the watershed functions.… Read more ›

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Water Quality Monitoring on Nutting and Otter Creeks

By Rick Klann, Upper Iowa University
Submitted to the Fayette SWCD Report, February 2012

Upper Iowa University has completed three years of water quality monitoring on Nutting Creek as part of a Fayette SWCD project to improve the water quality in the watershed. Monitoring occurred from March through October. Samples were collected every other week from three sites along the creek.… Read more ›

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2011 Water Quality Overview

Between May and November 2011, water samples were taked at 49 locations across the Turkey River Watershed. Averages for each of the locations can now be viewed on these nine maps.… Read more ›

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Agriculture and Groundwater: The View from Big Spring

By Robert D. Libra

Adapted from Iowa Geology 1995, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Big Spring landscape

The Big Spring watershed in Clayton County is dominated by agriculture.. Photo by Aimee Donnelly

“My uncle Earl’s dream was to find a spring large enough to rear more trout. … In late fall of 1937, my husband Otto went to look at Big Spring. He was awed by its size and called Earl; he too was amazed.Read more ›

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IOWATER Introductory Workshop in Elgin, Aug 13

IOWATER, Iowa’s statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program, will host an Introductory IOWATER workshop at the Gilbertson Nature Center located in Elgin, Iowa on Saturday, August 13, 2011. During the workshop classroom instruction will be combined with hands-on training as participants learn how to monitor and assess the quality of their local streams, rivers, and lakes. … Read more ›

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Water Sampling Results

Volunteers are sampling water quality at 49 sites in the Turkey River Watershed, on more than 36 tributaries, and the results are in…… Read more ›

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Bridge Sensors Installed in Turkey River Watershed

Two Eleven new bridge sensors, which use sonar to detect the height of water under a bridge and automatically relay that information over the cell phone network, have been installed on the Turkey and Volga Rivers (also Crane Creek, Roberts Creek, Little Turkey RIver, and Otter Creek). The sensors were built by students at the Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa toprovide real-time stage data that can be used by emergency personnel in Clayton and Fayettte counties.Read more ›

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