Cedar River work advances water quality, flood reduction, topsoil retention efforts

The most expensive of Cedar River Watershed District’s $8.4 million CIP projects start in June. The first of 25 priority sites finished last season south of Austin.

The Cedar River flows south of Austin. Photo Credits: Ann Wessel, BWSR
Dwane Hull stood at the edge of his field where he’d replaced a culvert and berm years ago. The structure was on the verge of failing. The site was rebuilt in fall 2017.
Cody Fox, Cedar River Watershed District project manager, lent perspective to the gully leading from the field toward the Cedar River about 500 feet downstream.
A failing culvert at the edge of Jeffrey Pederson’s corn field was on the brink of washing out in September 2017. It was replaced, and the channel was stabilized. The ravine leads to the Cedar River.
Jerusalem artichoke blooms along the Cedar River in September 2017 in the ravine facing Pederson’s corn field.
Slabs of exposed bedrock edge the Cedar River at the bottom of the ravine. Recreational use has increased since the river became a State Water Trail in 2012.

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