Legislation was passed in 2010 by Iowa lawmakers allowing the creation of Watershed Management Authorities (WMAs). WMAs were seen as a way for various stakeholders to cooperatively work together on watershed planning and management. A WMA was created in 2012 for the Fourmile Creek Watershed in order to address environmental concerns and undertake the following activities:
- Assess and reduce flood risk
- Assess and improve water quality
- Monitor federal flood risk planning and activities
- Educate residents of the watershed regarding flood risks and water quality
- Allocate moneys made available to the Authority for purposes of water quality and flood mitigation
To manage the WMA and the implementation of the management plan a board was created composed of community leaders within the watershed.
Fourmile Creek Watershed Management Authority Board Members:
Polk County, Story County, Boone County, Ankeny, Des Moines, Sheldahl, Slater, Alleman, Elkhart, Altoona, Bondurant, Pleasant Hill, Story County SWCD, Boone County SWCD, and Polk SWCD.
The WMA also has a variety of partners who have been instrumental in developing the watershed plan and implementation of the plan
- Snyder and Associates
- Metropolitan Planning Organization
- RDG Planning and Design
- Metro Waste Authority
- Polk County Conservation Board