Deep Creek-Willow Creek
WQI Project


WQI cost-share funds

are available the following  practices within the watershed.
All management practices have a 200 acre maximum. (see map below)

  • No-till incentive
    $10/acre- beans planted  $20/acre- corn planted 

  • Low disturbance manure injection
    $10/acre- first time              $10 +$25/acre- repeat applicants must plant cover crops on the same acres

  • Cover crops             $25/acre 

  • Nitrification inhibitor $3/acre, fall application only 

  • Terraces
    50% cost share

  • Saturated Buffers
    75% cost share, can be paired with other cost share programs

  • Denitrifying Bioreactor    75% cost share, can be paired with other cost share programs 


The Deep Creek Watershed Project was extended for another three years (2020-2023) and was expanded to include the Willow Creek Watershed!

We also have a new Watershed Project Coordinator!

Shay Kamstra was born and raised in Northwest Iowa.

She attended Northwestern College in Orange City and received a Bachelor's degree in biology, with a focus in ecology. 

The Deep Creek and Willow Creek watersheds are in Northwest Iowa and flow within Plymouth, Sioux, Cherokee, and O'Brien counties. Deep Creek is around 54,000 acres and Willow Creek is around 46,000 acres for a total of 100,000 acres of focus area.

With a large amount of highly erodible land, or HEL, the promotion of management practices such as cover crops, no-till and low disturbance manure injection have been successful throughout the Deep Creek watershed.

Structural Practices have also found their way onto our landscape with the installation of a saturated buffer and a denitrifying bioreactor within the watershed. As we continue to find ways to educate and increase interest, we will rely on our relationships with producers and stakeholders whose experience can serve as a local resource for local producers.


Many participants have relied on the information at field days and farmer meetings to encourage them to implement conservation in their own systems.

Deep Creek watershed will continue to serve as a foundation as we increase the opportunities for education, conservation, and community connection.  With the expansion into Willow Creek watershed, we will move forward with the confidence of our experience and stay open to navigating the adoption of new and rewarding conservation practices.


Shay Kamstra

Watershed Project Coordinator

Project coordinator duties include:

  • Outreach and Education to all producers, partners, and stakeholders.

  • Promote WQI and other cost share opportunities to agricultural producers.

  • Host conservation demonstrations with local producers and partners.

  • Work with partner agencies in local field offices to find solutions to resource concerns. 

We rely on local input to help move our project closer to our goals. Please feel free to send any questions, comments or suggestions to:

Office: 712-546-8858 ext. 308 

Cell: 712-539-7073 

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If you farm in the new Deep Creek-Willow Creek Watershed, you may qualify for our cost share program.  ​

A watershed is the area of land that drains into a lake or stream. Water traveling over the surface or through groundwater may pick up contaminants like sediment, chemicals and waste and deposit them in a body of water. We all live in a watershed!

Check out these links to learn more about watersheds and the factors that impact water quality:

Plymouth County SWCD

1100 12th St. SW STE A

Le Mars, IA 51031

Phone: (712) 546-8858 ext. 3

Fax: (855) 233 1296

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8 A.M.-4:30P.M.