Don Williams Lake Watershed Improvement Plan

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The Boone County Watershed Planning Committee, which is responsible for coordinating the Don Williams Watershed Improvement Plan, consists of the following:

Boone County Soil & Water Conservation District
Boone County Conservation Board
Boone County Landfill / Keep Boone County Beautiful
Boone County Board of Supervisors
Boone County Health and Sanitation/Board of Health
Boone County ISU Extension Service
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Prairie Rivers of Iowa RC&D
Interested Citizens

The Don Williams Watershed Improvement Plan was developed cooperatively by Property Owners in the watershed and the others listed above.

Partial Funding Provided by:  Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Don Williams Shore

Vision Statement:
Establish the Don Williams Lake Watershed Project as a study in the joining of people and processes leading to ecological health, recreational enjoyment and Iowa’s agriculture for future generations.

The Committee, led by the Boone County Soil & Water Conservation District, received a two-year grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to undertake the development of a Watershed Improvement Plan for the Don Williams Lake Watershed. This planning grant utilized a “community-based planning” approach to raise awareness about the need to make improvements to ensure the long-term viability of the watershed.

Don Williams Lake Watershed Improvement Plan.  The plan was developed over a two year period.  It was completed in November of 2011 and submitted to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  The IDNR forwarded it to the United States Enviornmental Protection Agency for review and approval.  The plan was formally approved by the USEPA on January 12, 2012.  Click here to view the approved Don Williams Watershed Improvement Plan (note that the plan is a large document and may take a while to load.)

Aerial Photo of Don Williams Lake (2009)

Don Williams Lake Aerial


Map of Don Williams Lake watershed

Siltation Impact on Don Williams Lake: The below aerial photos show the growing siltation issue:

Don Williams Lake Photo Progression

2009 siltation impact

Don Williams aerial photo of Island in 2010

Project Status Report: To date, the following activities have been completed or are in process:

Activity:                                                                                Status:
Grant Application submitted to IDNR                                     Completed
Grant Application Approved by IDNR                                     Completed
Grant Contract executed by IDNR and Soil & Water              Completed
Organizational Public Meeting                                               Completed
Second Public Meeting                                                           Completed
Mobile Watershed Education Center                                     Completed
IOWATER Volunteer Training                                                 Completed
Land Use Assessment                                                           Completed
Stream Bank Assessment                                                      Completed
Gully Assessment                                                                  Completed
Shoreline Assessment                                                           In Progress
Hire Watershed Improvement Plan Developer                      Completed
Third Public Meeting                                                              Completed

Public Input Meetings: Public input in the planning process is sincerely encouraged. The planning committee has established the following schedule of public meetings:

Meeting Notes: Click on the date below to view notes for each meeting.

Meeting 1 (27/January/2010)  

Meeting 2 (06/May/2010)  7:00 pm at Don Williams Park Office. 

Meeting 3 (10/March/2011) 6:30 p.m. at Don Williams Lake Park Office. 

Meeting 4 (03/August/2011) 6:30 at Pizza Ranch in Boone.  Presentation of draft watershed improvement plan.
    Meeting 4 Presentations:    
            Assessment Findings (Iowa Department of Natural Resources)
            Plan Presentation (Iowa Soybean Association)

What Is A Watershed Improvement Plan?  Click here for a presentation prepared by the Iowa Soybean Association.

Project Description:  Click here for a project description.

Project Timeline:  Click here for a timeline

Grant Application:  View the entire Don Williams Watershed Grant Application: Click here to view the grant application.

Questions? Call 515.433.0591 or email: 

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