Watershed Project

Jefferson County Conservation Board, Fairfield, Iowa

Watershed Project

North of Jefferson County Park

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.

Pond

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:

  • Scrubber Wetlands
  • Bio-Infiltration Cells (in parking lot and trail system that will filter out pollutants and slow water runoff so that pollutants will settle out on site and not enter the retention pond)
  • Inlet Protection Devices
  • Prairie Buffering
  • Rock Chutes
  • Silt Fences

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.

The pond is about in the middle of the photo.
Pond Map

The Storm Water Management Pond Project.
The Storm Water Management Pond Project, May 18, 2014

The parking lot uses ecopaving.
The parking lot uses ecopaving

Ecopaving explained on the display.
Ecopaving explained on the display

The main pond.
The trail around the pond

The trail around the pond.
The trail around the pond

Looking south.
The trail around the pond

The north-east pond.
The trail around the pond

The kiosk explains the project.
Details of the kiosk

Other side of the kiosk.
More details of the kiosk.

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Mission Statement
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in Jefferson County by acquiring, developing and managing public areas so that its citizens will have opportunities for quality outdoor recreation experiences, and to cultivate good land stewardship through natural history and environmental education activities.

Jefferson County Conservation Board, 2003 Libertyville Road, Fairfield, IA 52556
Call: 641-472-4421    Fax: 641-472-7911   E-mail: jeffersonccb@lisco.com
Updated 12-23-16.