Public Open House Events - Oct. 19 from 2-4 p.m. & 5-7 p.m.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, and Nahant Marsh Education Center will host two public open house events, Oct. 19, from 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. to showcase the center’s updated master plan, provide opportunities for engagement and gather feedback from the community.

Both events will be held at the Nahant Marsh Education Center at 4220 Wapello Ave, Davenport, IA 52802. A virtual option will also be available during the later event from 5-7 p.m. via the online WebEx platform. Users can join the event from a computer or mobile device at the following link: https://usace1.webex.com/meet/NahantMarsh. An audio only option is also available by calling 1-844-800-2712 and entering the access code: 199 338 6849. 

The Nahant Marsh Education Center’s new master plan revises a 1998 version providing an outline for potential future improvements, projects and objectives. The public is invited to provide feedback and comments on the updated plan through Nov. 19. 

Cick here to submit comments to the Nahant Marsh master plan team. If you have questions or would like to speak with someone about the master plan update project, feel free to email PublicInvolvement@usace.army.mil.

Click HERE or on the image to the right to view the newly updated plan. 

Nahant Marsh Master Plan Update

Through the Corps' Planning Assistance to States and Tribes authority, the Nahant Marsh Education Center (NMEC) has requested assistance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District to update the master plan for the Nahant Marsh preserve and surrounding watershed. This process will allow the NMEC to be better positioned to move forward in further education and conservation for the Nahant Marsh preserve.

Background

Nahant Marsh is a 305-acre preserve in southwest Davenport, Iowa, owned by the city of Davenport. The Nahant Marsh Education Center (NMEC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2000, governed by the NMEC Board which directs conservation and restoration efforts and educational programming with support from Eastern Iowa Community Colleges.

The Nahant Marsh preserve is part of a larger, 513-acre wetland complex bordered by the Mississippi River, Interstate 280, and Highway 22 (click here to view map). It is one of the largest urban wetlands on the Upper Mississippi River and provides a unique natural ecosystem in an accessible setting. The preserve is comprised of marshy areas, mesic, wet and sand prairie, bottomland forest, a spring-fed quarry and its surrounding grounds.

In 1998, a master plan was created by an independent consulting firm in anticipation of the establishment of the NMEC, which included approximately 177 acres of the preserve at the time. Since then, Nahant Marsh has expanded to include 305 acres and negotiations are underway for acquisition of an additional 210 acres. A number of factors, including increased visitation at the Education Center and increased flooding in the preserve, has brought about a need for an updated Master Plan.

Nahant Marsh History

The land identified now as Nahant Marsh was once used as a sportsman’s club. After investigations showed that the marsh had high levels of lead, a group of agencies and organizations, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, River Action, Quad City Audubon Society, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, came together to save the marsh and biotic community. During the process, the Environmental Protection Agency designated the marsh a Superfund site and began to assist with cleanup of the lead. These efforts showed a great improvement to the plant and animal life in the area so it was decided to make the wetland a nature preserve. Since that time, ongoing projects and research, including water quality testing, turtle population monitoring and avian population studies, have guided Nahant Marsh’s management practices. Today, the mission of the NMEC is to protect, enhance, and restore the Nahant Marsh through education, research, and conservation.

Links of Interest

For More Information

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District
309-794-5729
cemvr-cc@usace.army.mil

Nahant Marsh Education Center
563-336-3370
nahantmarsh@eicc.edu