What is a Watershed?
This film was made possible through a partnership between the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC), a program of the University of Iowa, and the Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority. We wanted a video that would both introduce a general audience to the idea of watershed management and convey the importance of improving water quality and mitigating losses from flood events. Andrew Senneff, a filmmaker enrolled in Cinematic Arts at the University of Iowa helped shoot footage and edit the short film. Obtaining footage required several visits to the Maquoketa River watershed and stops in multiple towns and locations. Andrew used a drone to capture cinematic aerial footage and conducted interviews of key individuals. Andrew even recruited his brother to produce an original audio score for the short film. The film script was written by IISC Director Travis Kraus and narrated by MR WMA watershed coordinator Erin Erickson. The IISC/MRWMA partnership is funded by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) via sub award of a grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The Maquoketa River Watershed channels water into creeks and streams that flow into the Maquoketa River.
The river then flows into the Mississippi River, which flows into the Gulf of Mexico.
This map shows all of the HUC-8 watersheds in Iowa. Our watershed is outlined in blue.