The University of Iowa

Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority

Maquoketa River WMA logo

A Watershed Management Authority (WMA) is an opportunity for cities, counties, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs), a benefitted lake district, our partners, and stakeholders to cooperatively engage in watershed planning and management.

The State of Iowa passed legislation authorizing the creation of Watershed Management Authorities in 2010.

​The Maquoketa River WMA formed in 2017.

​The Maquoketa River WMA was formed by resident grassroots efforts. Interested residents wanted to focus on improving water quality, reduce flooding, and protecting local drinking water. 

Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority Projects


Students surveying in the woods

Cultural Education Center

Civil & Environmental Engineering students enrolled in the Senior Design Capstone course will design a site plan for an ADA-compliant cultural education center at Camp Courageous. Camp Courageous officials are requesting a cultural education...
WMA site visit

Maquoketa River Watershed Management Plan – Phase 2

During the 2020-21 academic year, a team of five urban & regional planning students helped create the Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority’s first ever plan. The team studied best practices, reviewed existing plans from across the...
Project Partners Surveying Land at Camp Courageous

Multipurpose Trail System

As part of their Senior Capstone Course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students will identify and connect points of interest on the Camp Courageous grounds with ADA-compliant nature trails for all campers to use. Camp Courageous' grounds...
Team of students surveying land for stormwater management facilities

Stormwater Quality and Detention

Civil & Environmental Engineering students will design stormwater management facilities to reduce contaminant load and stormwater velocity throughout the watershed. Camp Courageous officials are actively looking for stormwater management...
Group of students and Camp Courageous officials discussing Wellhead Protection project

Well Head Protection at Camp Courageous

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students will explore alternatives and make recommendations to reduce contaminants in the source water that serves Camp Courageous. Camp Courageous is a 501(c)(3)...