Crow Creek

“Pathfinders’ leadership and staff have expertise in bringing together leaders and stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds to discuss solving complex topics. The respect they have as a “3rd party” allows them to facilitate meaningful discussions that lead to quality watershed plans.”James Martin, Regional Watershed Coordinator, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Project Description

The purpose of our work in the Crow Creek watershed was to complete an assessment to help residents and local decision makers understand threats and opportunities regarding soil and water quality and conservation, which could be impacted by land use and development decisions.

Map of the Crow Creek Watershed

Map of the Crow Creek Watershed

Crow Creek begins near the Fairfield municipal airport and travels south through MUM campus, Waterworks Park, Chautauqua Park, Lamson Woods and eventually empties into Cedar Creek near Highway 1. The watershed is 11,535 acres in size, and nearly 60 percent of the City of Fairfield lies within the watershed.

Our Role

Pathfinders acted as the project coordinator. We ensured that project deliverable and milestones were met. We facilitated communication between all project stakeholders via regular in-person meetings and email communication. We were also involved in collecting data and writing the final report that is now available online HERE.


  • The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), in partnership with the
  • City of Fairfield
  • Sierra Club
  • Maharishi University of Management
  • Landowners in the watershed
  • Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service