Laura Hopkins and Jim Countryman are the recipients of the 2014 Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Urban Conservation Award. With assistance from the district’s cost share program, the couple installed permeable paving and a rain garden at their home on McClellan Boulevard in Davenport. The pervious patio allows water to infiltrate into layers of rock placed below the pavement and then into surrounding soils. The movement of water through the rock and soil helps filter out pollutants, maintain stable stream flows and can reduce flood potential.  The adjacent rain garden provides additional water cleansing benefits, as well as capturing additional storm water run-off.

Jim and Laura installed the storm water infiltration practices with an understanding of the multiple benefits they provide. Laura said, “It gave us a great opportunity to create a beautiful space and its construction requirements provided an opportunity to eliminate water seepage into our basement.” The projects demonstarte a commitment to managing  their property in a way that carefully considers soil and water conservation. Laura said they do this, “Because we are all responsible for doing whatever we can to do our part.”

February Forum

Lost Grove Lake Update

Chad Dolan, Fisheries Biologist, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bettendorf Fire Station – Survey Heights Location

5002 Crow Creek Road, Bettendorf, Iowa

 Chad will provide updates on Lost Grove Lake special site features, including draw-down, construction status of the boat ramps & associated parking lots, additional rip-rap sites, addressing the gully erosion by the dam, trail repair/maitenance and filling status.

Lunch will be provided for a $5 donation.  Please RSVP to Dan McNeil, Watershed Coordinator, Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District at (563) 391-1403 x3 or

Check Out Our PSA

Click the play button above to watch the Public Service Announcement about the Duck Creek Watershed Project, aired on WQAD.


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