Our Vision

Is to engage community efforts that will benefit our natural resources today, while improving soil health and protecting water quality of Cedar Creek for tomorrow.

Our Mission

Is to collaborate with its members to increase awareness while engaging the public in protecting Cedar Creek and its watershed to improve soil conservation and water quality for generations to come.

SC IA Cedar Creek WMA Formed 2015


Supporting Information

Cedar Creek has a large watershed covering 269,512 acres and is comprised of 14 sub-watersheds that extends into 5 local counties: Appanoose, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion and Monroe. The headwaters start in Lucas County and at the Appanoose - Monroe County line, where it extends northward into Marion County, outletting at the Des Moines River two miles south of Tracy, Iowa, which is approximately 16 miles north of Eddyville, Iowa.


Due to water quality issues caused by severe flooding and erosion problems, a local non-profit group known as a Watershed Management Authority (WMA), was organized to collaborate and implement solutions addressing these issues to improve water quality.


On August 13, 2015, with full support from Appanoose, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion and Monroe Soil Water Conservation Districts, County Board of Supervisors and Watershed Municipalities, a working agreement (28E) was established  formally founding the “South Central Iowa Cedar Creek Watershed Management Authority” (WMA).

Watershed Management Plan Coming Soon



Despite residents’ best efforts and long history of attempting to mitigate challenges in the watershed, Cedar Creek still experiences significant flooding and water quality issues. An estimated 329,080.00 tons of sediment, equivalent to 16,454 dump truck loads, of soil is being lost every year. That’s enough soil to fill a 16 story building on Kinnick stadium every year! As a result, the South Central Iowa Cedar Creek WMA established the following goals to address issues in the watershed. Meeting these goals will be key to this project’s success. As more frequent and destructive flood events occur water quality downstream will only continue to deteriorate from excessive sedimentation and nutrient loss. This is and will continue to be very costly, not only in terms of agricultural losses, but also for those who use the Des Moines River downstream!

  1. Provide community awareness & education

  2. Reduce sediment reaching Cedar Creek by applying conservation practices

  3. Reduce flooding and protect infrastructure

  4. Increase safety

  5. Improve water quality

  6. Protect and sustain our natural resources

  7. Support a healthy stream & wildlife habitat

  8. Support productive land uses & recreation


Elected Officers:

Joe Pyle - Chairperson/Treasurer/Monroe Co., SWCD

Steve Mc Combs - Vice Chair/Marion Co., BOS

Linda Heller - Co. Treasurer/ Monroe Co., City of Albia

Linda Shumate - Secretary/ Monroe Co., SWCD, Watershed Coordinator


Charles Moore - Appanoose Co., SWCD

Dennis Smith - Lucas Co., BOS

Jeff Telleen - Lucas Co. SWCD

Mike DeCook - Marion Co., SWCD

Mike Beary - Monroe Co., BOS

Cody Ryan - Monroe Co., City of Melrose

Board Members



Monroe, Lucas, Marion and Mahaska County Farm Bureaus ● Ottumwa Water & Hydro ●  Albia Chamber of Commerce ● Pheasants Forever-Monroe, Lucas, Marion and Mahaska Counties ● SWCD-Monroe, Lucas, Marion, Mahaska and Appanoose Counties● Monroe, Lucas, Marion and  County Board of Supervisor ● IA DOT

If you are interested in becoming a partner with Cedar Creek WMA, please contact monroe.county.swcd@gmail.com

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