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Riparian Buffer Strip Program

Research shows that Riparian Buffers established to deep rooted Native grasses and Forbs will provide water quality benefits.  Part of the WIRB Grant is to provide funds to assist landowners/homeowners with the installation of Riparian Buffers along Hurley Creek.  With WIRB funding, the Union County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the City of Creston will be available to assist landowners/homeowners interested in establishing a Riparian Buffer along Hurley Creek. 

Here’s how:

  1. Contact the Union County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) Office (782-4218) to schedule a field visit to see if your site along Hurley Creek is a good potential site for a Riparian Buffer.
  2. If site is feasible, make application to the SWCD for funding through the WIRB program.
  3. Applications will be ranked based on the best environmental benefits and approvals completed by April 1, 2008 dependent on funding.
  4. For eligible sites, the native grass/forb seed will be provided free of charge.  You will have a choice of a short native grass/forb planting or a tall native grass/forb planting.
  5. The owner is responsible to get the seeding completed.  You can do this seeding yourself or hire a contractor to complete the seeding.  If you hire a contractor, cost share is available at a rate of 50% of the cost of the seeding not to exceed $300.00 per application.
  6. The minimum width for a Riparian Buffer is 20 ft wide.  When planting is completed the owner will receive an incentive payment of $3.00 per foot of buffer.  If you seed a buffer of less than 20 ft width, there is no incentive payment.
  7. The owner will sign a maintenance agreement to maintain the planting for a minimum of 5 years.

Hurley Creek Seeding Contractors

Giza Landscaping & Lawn Care
301 W. Union St.
P.O. Box 83
Creston, IA 50801
Work (641)-782-8820
Cell   (641)-344-3073
Email jagiza@mchsi.com

Green Valley Pest Control & Lawn Care
1430 150th St.
Creston, IA 50801
Work (641)-782-4540
Email gvpc@iowatelecom.net

Lincoln Lawn Care Inc.
109 E. Temple St.
Lenox, IA 50851
Work (641)-333-2941
Cell   (641)-344-4889