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.