Catfish Creek Watershed Management Authority

Catfish Creek Watershed
The Catfish Creek Watershed is a beautiful and diverse 57 square mile watershed that includes industrial centers, residential neighborhoods, rolling cropland, steep bluffs and rock outcrops, and dense forests. About half of the City of Dubuque lies in the watershed as well as parts of Asbury, Peosta, and Centralia. Much of the watershed remains rural. The five forks of Catfish Creek support a diverse set of plants and animals and are a draw for hunters, fishers and those seeking to enjoy some of Dubuque County's most scenic areas, but they remain threatened by large amounts of soil and nutrients entering the water from both urban and agricultural runoff.

Catfish Creek Watershed Management Authority

The Catfish Creek Watershed Management Authority is an organization assembled to tackle concerns with water quality and flooding on a watershed level. This means crossing jurisdictional boundaries and working together to solve problems within the entire watershed. It's mission is to reduce the risks of flooding and its effects, improve water quality, and promote a healthier existence for all living things that call the Catfish Creek Watershed home.

Board of Directors

The Catfish Creek Watershed Management Authority is governed by a board of directors comprised of the following:

  • City of Dubuque: Jared McGovern, Steven Drahozal, Willie O’Brien
  • Dubuque County: Chad Cox, Rachel Schmidt Boeke - Chairperson
  • City of Asbury: Curt Kiessling
  • City of Peosta: Gerry HessCity of Centralia: Vacant
  • Dubuque Soil and Water Conservation District: Ronald Lindblum


Agendas are available on the Dubuque County Watersheds website.


Eric Schmechel  |   Email
Watershed Program Director

John Wiley  |  Email
Urban Watershed Coordinator


Interested in volunteering in the Catfish Creek Watershed? Opportunities include water quality monitoring, grant writing, public education and outreach, and serving on the board of directors. Fill out a volunteer form and we'll get in touch with you!

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Stormwater Hotline

Available 24/7. Call (563) 690-6200.

The City's Stormwater Hotline is available 24/7 for anyone who wishes to make a report of potential stormwater pollution. Help prosecute violators by taking a picture of the illicit activity taking place. If there is no answer, please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible. In case of emergency, call dispatch at (563) 589-4415.


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