The Jefferson County Conservation Board, in conjunction with FEDA, Jefferson County Soil and Conservation District, the City of Fairfield, Conserv Corp, Chapel Studios, Creative Edge, Harper Brush and Chris Davis, has completed an exciting watershed project.
The project provides a 3-acre pond and a trail that connects Jefferson County Park with the industrial park and the City of Fairfield.
This pond, located just south of the Farm Service Agency in the industrial park, and just north of Jefferson County Park, will address the challenges of urban non-point storm water runoff. The 28-acre watershed in the industrial park will be treated to demonstrate new infiltration-based storm water practices. The site is projected to be a model for industrial development and a showcase for contractors and educators in counties throughout Southeast Iowa.
Management practices installed in this pond project are:
The primary goal of this project is to provide a demonstration for storm water management that reduces runoff and downstream flooding that will ultimately protect the water quality. It will also enable trail users in Jefferson County Park to access the city of Fairfield by foot or bicycle.
Seventy-five percent of the project cost came from State Water Protection Funds and Federal 319 funds. Twenty-five percent of the project came from local dollars, including REAP money distributed from the JCCB.