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Davenport water quality project will improve Goose Creek Park

Amy Kay shows the project area to Mike Naig.
Molly Sweeney
Amy Kay shows the project area to Mike Naig.

The state of Iowa is investing in a Davenport project to help capture stormwater runoff at a local park.

Amy Kay is the natural resources manager for Davenport. She says the project at Goose Creek Park will include installing two bioretention cells and step pools to slow water run-off and capture excess nutrients.

"Within the park boundaries, it's about a mile of streambank stabilization we're hoping to achieve. It will help with habitat, with the stabilization of the creek bed, it will also armor some sections that are really close to some sanitary sewer infrastructure, so it's kind of hitting a lot of points all at the same time."

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig says the project will not only improve the creek, but also the water and soil downstream from it.

Mike Naig announces Goose Creek Park project
Mike Naig announces Goose Creek Park project

"When you put this in a park setting, then you've got those opportunities to bring students and community members who want to enjoy the space. But also, you're doing the right thing from an environmental standpoint in a way that benefits Goose Creek behind me, but also something that's enjoyable and even an amenity for communities."

The project at Goose Creek is one of 14 urban water projects to receive funding.

It's estimated to cost around $1.5 million. Half of the funds will come from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the city hopes to secure grant funding for the rest.