Creston, Iowa EAST Presents: The Third Chapter of Hurley Creek


Creston, Iowa EAST Presents: The Third Chapter of Hurley Creek
8/14/2013 4:37:48 PM

Annual cleanup improves health of local waters, educates public.

In early summer 2010, the Creston EAST classes once again embarked on their annual Hurley Creek cleanup with the assistance of the biology classes at Creston High School.  This was the third year of a 10-year project that has been partially funded by a federal grant and has four main focus areas including: 

  • Reduce the amount of annual erosion by 50% which will help reduce sediment load, loss of property and may improve water quality.
  • Reduce E. Coli levels of McKinley Lake by controlling direct animal access, reducing animal waste runoff and improving sanitary sewer systems.
  • Manage effectively the storm water flow rate which may reduce erosion and flooding and may improve water quality.
  • Educate the public in the Hurley Creek Watershed about best management practices and establish comprehensive education and communication strategies to promote environmental awareness.

After cleaning more than 4,000 lbs of debris from the area over the past two cleanups, all of the parties involved were interested to see what this year would bring.  It was the hope of the group that the amount of trash would be significantly reduced after previous cleanups and an increased focus on community education with the project.  This year a total of 890 lbs of trash and 150 lbs of recyclables were collected by the students, which were a significant decline and a good sign for the future of the project.

Following the cleanup, EAST students presented to the general public about their findings using an Enviroscape as a visual aid at the bi-annual Home & Garden Show. Buoyed by the success of that presentation, the students were asked to present to more than 100 fourth grade students at the Creston Elementary.   

All in all, we believe that Creston EAST students are making a significant difference in the fight to keep Creston a clean and safe place to live.  As British scholar Thomas Fuller once said over 250 years ago, “We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.”

We couldn’t agree more.




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