New signs along stream crossings are helping Iowans learn which waters flow into their local lakes. Near Lake Geode in Des Moines County, for instance, new signs along Cedar Creek announce that the stream feeds into the lake. And a larger community project is working to improve the lake’s water quality.
“We want to help people living in the area understand that using conservation practices to protect water quality in Cedar Creek will also benefit Lake Geode, since they are part of the same watershed,” said Mary Beth Stevenson, a Watershed Projects Manager with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The signs join a number of creek name signs at stream crossings in a number of watersheds across the state, all designed to help Iowans gain a greater recognition and appreciation of their local waters. Funding for the signs comes from U.S. EPA 319 funds through the Iowa DNR Watershed Improvement program.
For more information, Stephen Hopkins of Iowa DNR.