Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District

Clear Creek Watershed Coalition

The Clear Creek Watershed Coalition (CCWC) was formed in 2015 and is made up of representatives from each of the public entities within the watershed.  

In the Spring of 2016 the CCWC was awarded $100,000 through the Iowa DNR Watershed Planning grant process. 

In the Fall of 2016, CCWC became one of eight watersheds part of the HUD Disaster Resilience-Iowa Watershed Approach grant award.  Of the nearly $97 million awarded to the State of Iowa, CCWC will be awarded over $4 million to continue planning efforts, conduct water monitoring and implement conservation practices to reduce water quantity and enhance water quality.  Part of this effort includes hiring a Project Coordinator, please look for a future job posting late winter/early spring of 2017. 

To stay up to date with the CCWC, please visit their web page at Clear Creek Watershed Coalition

To learn more about the Clear Creek Funding under the Iowa Watershed Approach Click Here

Meet John Rathbun,

Clear Creek Watershed Coalition Project Coordinator

John grew up in south-western Michigan, most of his free time spent in the local woods, orchards, creeks and lakes.  John’s first jobs were picking cherries and apples in the local orchards.  When he became old enough to get a part-time job he gained employment with the local family-owned grocer.  This was a small operation that had its own butcher shop that employed three full time butchers, they slaughtered beef twice a week.  John remembers the daily clean-up to make sure the shop was clean and safe every night. 

He developed a strong connection with the land and nature and was able to use that connection when he became a landscape designer, helping people to create a small piece of nature around their homes.  This is how he first became aware of water quality and storm water management practices.  John has a wide conservation streak and is very excited to be helping producers and landowners to further their conservation work in the Clear Creek watershed and being a part of the team at the Johnson County Soil & Water Conservation District.  John and his wife Julie live their two basset hounds in Cedar Rapids and share their life with their two grown sons and local community.

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