Raccoon River Basin Water Quality Initiative
M&M Divide RC&D Inc. was awarded $250,000 by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to generate a plan to inform and guide watershed residents and stakeholders as they seek to cooperatively improve water quality in Iowa's Raccoon River Watershed. M&M Divide RC&D partnered with Agren Inc., a local Carroll agricultural consulting firm, who led the planning process and developed the comprehensive Master Plan. The Master Plan provides an overview of existing water quality, land use and demographic data. Included is water quality modeling from the Center for Agriculture & Rural Development which identifies high priority subwatersheds and forecasts possible water quality outcomes based on varying levels of implementation of agricultural best management practices. Priorities identified in the Master Plan are organized into 9 recommendations.
A full version of the Master Plan is provided here (click here).
The Master Plan, session recordings and research reviewed during the planning process can be found on Agren's website for a limited time period.
Photo Database - Images along the Lincoln Highway Scenic Byway
M&M Divide RC&D was awarded grant funding by the Iowa D.O.T. to help build a database of images that will be used to market scenic byways for Iowa tourism. A professional photographer was hired to complete the assignment of supplying high quality images representing 6 segments of the western corridor of the Lincoln Highway Scenic Byway:
1) Council Bluffs, Crescent, Honey Creek, Loveland
2) Missouri Valley, Logan, Woodbine
3) Dunlap, Dow City
4) Arion, Denison
5) Vail, Westside, Carroll, Glidden, Ralston
6) Scranton, Jefferson, Grand Junction.
Volunteers also submitted images to M&M for the project. In total, M&M Divide RC&D provided more than 300 photos for the database project.
Photos by Mike Whye. (Left to right) Scranton, Carroll, Dow City, Crescent, Missouri Valley
Best Management Practice Animation Videos
M&M Divide RC&D entered into a partnership with NRCS to initiate Best Management Practices (BMP) Animation Videos. This multi-year project resulted in the production of innovative 3-D computer animations of agricultural best management practices. These videos are used as tools to promote the function and benefits of these conservation practices to a wide range of audiences. The project has strong potential to become a national educational model for outreach and training for conservation practice education.
Other videos to view:
The video series, “A Culture of Conservation,” is available from the Iowa Learning Farm. The series of six short videos explores the relationship humans have with soil and water and offers ways for everyone to have an active role in protecting and preserving the Earth’s natural resources.
Visit The Iowa Learning Farm's "A Culture of Conversation Video Series."
Sustainable Byways Project - Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway
The Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway runs East to West across the state of Iowa. With 3-year funding from the Iowa D.O.T., the goal of this project is to implement sustainable development, marketing and promotional activities for the byway. M&M Divide RC&D managed the efforts for the western portion of the highway that crossed through Greene, Carroll, Crawford, Harrison, and Pottawattamie Counties. As of mid-summer 2012, efforts for all portions of the highway running through Iowa were consolidated under the management of one RC&D, Prairie Rivers RC&D, located in Ames IA (in the center of the state). Local volunteers assist with Byway projects. The Centennial of the Lincoln Highway will be in 2013.
Carroll Farmers Market
M&M Divide assumed the responsibility of organizing and coordinating the Carroll Farmers Market from 2006 until 2010 when they were able to run the Market themselves.
Coon Rapids-Iowa Great Places
A USDA Rural Development grant was awarded to the Coon Rapids Great Places project. M&M Divide acted as fiscal agent and provided technical assistance for this project to conduct a comprehensive economic development assessment of the Coon Rapids and surrounding area as part of the overall goal to make Coon Rapids a premier tourism destination area.