Rathbun Lake, Iowa

Rathbun Lake, Iowa

Rathbun Lake, one of the largest man-made lakes in Iowa, was dedicated in 1971 with none other than President Richard Nixon as the keynote speaker. Located in Appanoose County, a historically a coal-mining region of the state, Rathbun Lake provides drinking water for 80,000 people in south central Iowa and northern Missouri.

Rathbun Lake, Iowa

Rathbun Lake, Iowa

It’s no secret that Iowa’s overall water quality has a pretty dismal reputation, to say the least.

And yet, according to a 2017 Iowa DNR report, targeted partnerships among 600 landowners and farmers, the Rathbun Lake & Water Alliance and water treatment facilities helped to reduce the amount of sediment from 726,000 lbs/yr (2008-2013) to 172,000 lbs/yr (2017). Phosphorous TP load decreased from 1,129,000 lbs/yr (2008-2013) to 305,000 lbs/yr (2017).

 To encourage and celebrate these wins, the Rathbun Lake & Water Alliance created the  Rathbun Lake Protector program  to recognize local residents for adopting powerful conservation practices, such as creating terraces, sediment control basins, cover crops, and buffers to prevent runoff. Shout out. To purchase Rathbun Lake art, click  here .

To encourage and celebrate these wins, the Rathbun Lake & Water Alliance created the Rathbun Lake Protector program to recognize local residents for adopting powerful conservation practices, such as creating terraces, sediment control basins, cover crops, and buffers to prevent runoff. Shout out. To purchase Rathbun Lake art, click here.