The purpose of the Rock Creek project was to reduce upstream flooding and to provide an adequate outlet for the watershed area. The Rock Creek Conservancy District was established by the landowners within the watershed to construct and maintain the works of improvements within the district. Construction began in the spring of 1969, and the project was completed in 1975. The Rock Creek is the outlet for many lateral tiles and open drains.
The District is managed by a board of five directors, who are residents within the Rock Creek watershed and are acquainted with drainage matters. The Board of Directors are: Robert Mautz (Huntington Co.); Roger Irick (Huntington Co.); Roger McAfee (Wells Co.); Mike Schumm (Wells Co.); and Jeff Prible (Wells Co.).
Rock Creek Improvements
The Rock Creek Conservancy District (RCCD) performs a variety of maintenance measures on the Rock Creek and its tributaries. Those items include replacing or installing new pipes, clearing accumulations of brush and downed trees from the channel, and an annual spray program that is completed on approximately 1/2 of the creek each year.
The RCCD Water Quality Monitoring Program that began in 1999 has been continued, but on a reduced frequency. The Water Quality Coordinator and student volunteers collect a variety of data, including chemistry,Â stream flow, macro-invertebrate assessments, and complete habitat assessment evaluations at the 10 monitoring sites along the Rock Creek channel.
Landowners are encouraged to report maintenance needs to the Directors, the Rock Creek Conservancy District Contracting Officer, Kevin Brubaker at 260/820-2322, or Financial Clerk, Stacia Henderson at 260/273-0972.
For more information on the water monitoring project or for the monitoring results, contact the RCCD financial clerk, Stacia Henderson, or view the Water Quality Monitoring page.
Easements and Right-of-Ways
The Rock Creek Conservancy District has a permanent easement and right-of-way of 75 to 125 feet each side of the Rock Creek, measured from the center of the channel, and on some of its tributaries. This easement and right-of-way is for the purpose of construction and maintenance of the works of improvement. Landowners retain full possession and control of their land.
Kevin Brubaker – Contracting Officer
Neil Ainslie – Water Quality Project Coordinator
Stacia L. Henderson – Financial Clerk