Winneshiek County (2014-2016)

Bluffton Bluffs Credit Larry Reis
County 
Winneshiek

Located in the scenic Driftless Region of northeast Iowa, Winneshiek County draws visitors with its vibrant culture and extensive recreational opportunities. Through partnership with the IISC, Decorah and Winneshiek County will work towards their future goals while preserving their unique cultural and environmental character. The partnership is led by Barbara Schroeder, Director of Winneshiek County Conservation, and Dean Thompson, Winneshiek County Supervisor.

Partnership Profile Image: Bluffton Bluffs, Larry Reis

Winneshiek County (2014-2016) Projects

2015-2016

Blufflands Protection

Overview Winneshiek County is committed to protecting blufflands. The County developed a zooming ordinance that restricts development on or near these landforms, and the Winneshiek Comprehensive Plan also emphasizes the need to protect and sustain...

Land Cover and Conservation

Overivew Consistent with the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (INRS), Winneshiek sought to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen pollution from nonpoint sources. To achieve this goal, the County was interested in gaining information about land use and...

Marketing Economic Development

Overview Winneshiek County’s Economic Development group and its programs are well known to businesses and industries in the City of Decorah, but many surrounding small towns are not aware of the services the group offers. Students in the...

MetroNet Plan

Overivew Since 2007, multiple stakeholders in Winneshiek County have been working towards the goals of connectivity, service sharing, economic development, and disaster recovery through the development of fiber optic broadband technology. In 2010,...

Trails Economic Impact and Master Plan

Overview The City of Decorah, Winneshiek County, and dozens of private and public partners have worked diligently over the past several years to develop non-motorized trails, primarily in the Decorah area. The outdoor-recreation tourism generated by...

Winneshiek County Public Art

Overview Decorah and Winneshiek County evoke a strong sense of community character, which stems from their commitments to the rich environmental and cultural histories of the area. To embed an appreciation for and awareness of the county’s strong...

2014-2015

Economic Impact Study of Frac Sand Mining Industry

Winneshiek County sought to understand the possible economic impacts that the frac sand mining industry could have if it became established in the county. For this project, graduate students in the School of Urban and Regional Planning performed a...

Frac Sand Mining Industry Legal Analysis

In response to the potential entry of the frac sand mining industry into the area, Winneshiek County sought research and recommendations on best practices for interacting with the industry. This project brought together the University of Iowa...
Nisse Public Art Project

Interactive Art on Trout Run Trail

Following the success of the "Gnomes on the Trail" event during the 2013 Nordic Fest celebration, the Winneshiek County Conservation Board aimed to create new gnome statues along the trail for trail users to interact with. MFA students in the School...

Mapping and Prediciting Potential Frac Sand Mine Locations

Researchers from the GEEMaP program , College of Engineering, and Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences collaborated to predict and map where frac sand mines may be most likely to occur in Winneshiek County if the industry enters the area...

Marketing the Upper Iowa River for Sustainable Use

The Upper Iowa River is one of Winneshiek County's main tourist attractions, a crucial place for nature conservation, and a prominent feature of many homeowner's properties and lives. Because the river is valued and used in so many ways by so many...

Neste Park Recreational Facility and Nature Center

Neste Valley Recreational Area sits just 2.5 miles from Decorah and was sited to be its next destination park. The Winneshiek County Conservation Board envisioned a variety of recreation offerings at the park, including picnicking, camping, hiking...

Neste Park Recreational Trails

Neste Valley Recreational Area sits just 2.5 miles from Decorah and was sited to be its next destination park. The Winneshiek County Conservation Board envisions a variety of recreation offerings at the park, including picnicking, camping, hiking...

Stormwater Management and Utility Planning

Since the 2010 Decorah We Can study completed by the City of Decorah and the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning, the community has sought to understand and implement the storm water management policies recommended in the study...