Iowa Announces $3.5 Million for Nine Water Quality Projects

Watershed Improvement Review Board has approved nine applications for grants to improve water quality.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey on September 18 announced that the state Watershed Improvement Review Board has approved nine applications totaling more than $3.5 million in grants to support projects to improve water quality in Iowa. Grant recipients will provide $12.29 million from local communities to match the investment by the state, which means $15.79 million will be going to improve water quality.

"The projects represent community efforts to address issues that have a real impact on water quality, such as runoff, drainage, erosion, municipal discharge and a number of other problems," he says. "It's great to have a partnership between the state and local level working together to improve water quality."

The approved projects have already completed watershed assessments that identified critical water resource areas and will focus on implementing specific water quality improvements. Awards ranged from $200,000 to $500,000. The projects will start after a grant agreement is signed between the applicant and the Watershed Improvement Review Board.

Soil and water conservation districts, public water supply utilities, county conservation boards, cities, and local watershed improvement committees were eligible to apply. Individual projects could request up to $500,000.

The Watershed Improvement Review Board is comprised of representatives from agriculture, drinking water and wastewater utilities, environmental organizations, agribusiness and the conservation community along with two state senators and two state representatives. To receive more information or to ask questions, contact Jerry Neppel at 515-281-3599.

The approved grants follow here:

Organization Project Length Counties Grant Amount
Camp Creek Watershed Polk County Conservation Board 3 years Polk $246,920
East Okoboji Lake Dickinson SWCD 3 years Dickinson $386,000
Lake Morris Watershed Lucas SWCD 3 years Lucas $462,375
Ludlow Creek Allamakee SWCD 3 years Allamakee, Winneshiek $496,300
Muchakinock Creek Watershed Mahaska SWCD 3 years Mahaska $500,000
Rathbun Lake Watershed Rathbun Land and Water Alliance 3 years Appanoose, Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Monroe, Wayne $245,279
Silver Lake Watershed Osceola SWCD 3 years Osceola, Dickinson $474,540
Storm Lake Watershed Lake Preservation Association for Storm Lake, Inc. 3 years Buena Vista $200,000
Summit Lake Watershed City of Creston 3 years Union $493,117
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