Indian Creek Pilot Project

The Interagency Team has recently initiated a series of public Visioning workshops in the Indian Creek watershed to begin a discussion with local stakeholders about problems and concerns in the watershed. The overall goal of the workshops is to create a forum for stakeholders to map a clear path forward for improving the Indian Creek watershed. The workshops will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to evaluate the trade-offs associated with various land use scenarios in order to facilitate decision-making based on the best available science.

This website will serve as a library for all materials developed for the Indian Creek Shared Vision Planning.

Video recordings of all workshops are available courtesy of Neighborhood Network News. To watch video of the first three workshops, visit Neighborhood Network News Indian Creek Watershed Workshops page.

Breaking News - The USGS, with the help of the Iowa DNR, has installed a stream gage on Indian Creek to measure water levels. Real-time data for Indian Creek water levels are available here:;_cd=USGS&

January 26, 2012

The first workshop was facilitated by the Us Army Corps of Engineers using the Appreciative Inquiry method to clarify a vision for sustainability in the watershed and to identify some priority issues and opportunities for improving the watershed. The Nature Conservancy and the Iowa DNR also assisted with workshop planning and facilitation.

March 29, 2012

The second Indian Creek Watershed Workshop focused on clarifying stakeholders' understanding of the watershed's problems, of their causes and effects, and of the potential to improve the conditions. The workshop took place on March 29th, 2012 from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm at the City of Marion Council Chambers.

August 9, 2012

The workshop took place on August 9, 2012 from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm at the City of Marion Council Chambers. During the afternoon, participants broke into working groups to discuss Floodplain Management, Education & Outreach, and Watershed Assessment & Planning. In addition, the Army Corps of Engineers gave a presentation on how future climate uncertainty may impact Indian Creek watershed management.

September 25, 2012

The final workshop of the series was held on September 25, 2012 from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm at the City of Marion Council Chambers. Participants heard presentations about opportunities to improve the Indian Creek Watershed and about the successful Dry Run Creek watershed project. An update from the Indian Creek Watershed Management Authority was also provided, with a discussion of opportunities for this group to get involved in the watershed planning process the WMA will be leading during 2013.

About the Indian Creek Watershed

The Indian Creek Watershed includes 93 square miles of land that drains into Indian Creek and its tributaries, Dry Creek & Squaw Creek. Urban areas include Hiawatha, Alburnett, Robins, Marion, and a northeast portion of Cedar Rapids. The watershed is affected by how the land is used, and affects those basins downstream, including the Cedar River and the Mississippi River.