Geological Survey invites public to discuss mapping in Muscatine Co.
by Iowa Geological Survey University of Iowa
March 17, 2022

MUSCATINE, Iowa–The Iowa Geological Survey (IGS) at the University of Iowa invites the public to a discussion regarding plans to map the geological features of selected areas in Muscatine County. The meeting will take place from 2:30–4:30 pm on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at the Musser Public Library, room 301, 408 E 2nd St, Muscatine, IA 52761.

This project, which began in the fall of 2021, includes mapping the surficial geology of the Wilton Junction Quadrangle with a focus on the distribution and thickness of glacial and valley deposits. The IGS is also mapping the bedrock geology of the Muscatine and Illinois City quadrangles to further delineate and characterize rock resources.

The IGS encourages public engagement in this project and wants to hear from local constituents about their issues and concerns. Landowners in the watershed with an interest in knowing more about the geology of their land and a willingness to allow a soil boring on their property are strongly encouraged to attend.

The IGS is also interested in knowing more about local geologic and water issues of concern in the region and how the new mapping can help us gain a better understanding of these issues, including aggregate resource protection  and concerns regarding water quantity and quality. An IGS hydrogeologist will also discuss future water supply development in Muscatine County including possible resources in the Cleona channel, a deep bedrock valley in the central portion of the county.

In addition to these specific projects, the public will be able to learn about the geology and groundwater services that IGS has been providing to the citizens of Iowa for more than 125 years.

The Iowa Geological Survey is part of IIHR—Hydroscience and Engineering, a research institute based at the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering. The IGS was established in 1892 by legislative mandate to collect, reposit, and interpret geologic and hydrogeologic data, to conduct foundational research, and to provide Iowans with the knowledge needed to effectively manage our natural resources for long-term sustainability and economic development.

For more information, please contact the IGS at 319-335-1575 or visit

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