West Fork Des Moines River Major Watershed Project - Phase 2
This monitoring work expands on previously established routine water quality and flow sampling to include extensive fish and aquatic invertebrate surveys. Subsequent steps include assessment of the monitoring data to determine impairments, identification of stressors that are causing impairments, development of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies using identification of pollutant sources using computer modeling and other techniques, civic engagement, and public education as approaches in progress towards water quality goals. The project will culminate in a set of strategies to restore impaired waters and protect unimpaired waters. These strategies will ultimately be executed by state and local governments, citizen organizations, businesses, and individuals.