Bee Branch Watershed

This is a project supported by Green Dubuque

The Bee Branch Watershed is approximately 6.5 square miles of located entirely within the city limits. It stretches from the Mississippi River west past John F. Kennedy Rd., north to the Northwest Arterial, and south to W. 5th St. Over half of Dubuque residents either live or work in the Bee Branch Watershed. All water in the Bee Branch Watershed drains to the Bee Branch Creek which then enters into the Mississippi River at the 16th St. Detention Basin.

Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project
The Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project is a multi-phased, fiscally responsible investment to mitigate flooding, improve water quality, stimulate investment, and enhance quality of life within the Bee Branch Watershed. Over 50% of Dubuque residents either live or work in the watershed which encompasses historic neighborhoods offering some of the community’s most affordable workforce housing. It is hit hardest by flash flooding during significant rain events with more than “just a little water in the basement.” The project consists of several infrastructure improvements that will reduce the volume stormwater, slow the rate of stormwater, and increase safe conveyance of stormwater through the flood-prone area.

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Catfish Creek Watershed

A project supported by Green Dubuque

The Catfish Creek Watershed is a 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 water in the Catfish Creek Watershed drains to the Catfish Creek which flows generally northeast, beginning near the City of Peosta, and enters the Mississippi River on Dubuque’s south side in the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area.

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 Catfish Watershed. The governing body of the authority is a board of directors and administration is co-coordinated by the Dubuque Soil and Water Conservation District’s Urban Conservationist and a member of the City of Dubuque’s engineering staff as appointed by the City Manager. Visit their website at

DARN3: Dubuque Area Recycling Network

A Green Dubuque Project

The Dubuque Area Recycling Network (DARN3) is an initiative of Green Dubuque to train and empower community volunteers to lead education campaigns on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Goals are to divert currently landfilled materials to beneficial use and reduce single-use materials, especially those with less beneficial reuse value. DARN3 works from a Zero Waste framework on efforts such as: recovering food to feed needy people, reusables and repairables, building and construction materials, food scraps for animal feeding or composting, common recyclables and plastic bag reduction.

50% by 2030

A Green Dubuque Project

50% by 2030 is a community driven effort to unite Dubuque in support of 50% local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction by 2030 (from 2003 levels).

These reductions will be achieved not through GHG regulation, but through so-called “no regret solutions” that are in our community’s interest regardless of climate impact.

In other words, the 50% by 2030 target will be reached via actions whose primary benefits are to Dubuque’s health, economic prosperity, and quality of life–but that reduce our GHG emissions, too.

50% by 2030 is driven by a growing group of volunteers who dedicate our time, not because we are paid to do so, but because we genuinely care about Dubuque. We are just ordinary Dubuque natives with full time jobs, classes, families, and commitments who carve time from our busy schedules to work toward the best possible future for our community and our world.

Clean Air in the River Valley (CLE4R)

A project partnered with Green Dubuque

Clean Air in the River Valley (CLE4R) was a 2016 EPA grant-funded partnership focused on Dubuque’s outdoor air quality.

Facilitated by the University of Iowa – Hydroscience Department using mobile data collectors to capture and track unhealthy Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM2.5)

Dubuque Eats Well

Dubuque Eats Well is a network of producers, consumers, and institutions growing an equitable and sustainable food system in the  Tri-State area.


The Dubuque County Food Policy Council was implemented by the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors to develop policies and fund pilot projects addressing food insecurity pursuant to a 2016 Greater Dubuque Food and Health Needs Assessment.  

Local Foods & the Economy

Local food can play an important part of the local economy.

Get Involved

Find out more about the local food movement in Dubuque County.