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|