Iowa Watersheds Get Grants To Improve Water Quality

Iowa Watersheds Get Grants To Improve Water Quality

Ten watersheds are selected to receive $2.3 million from state of Iowa to support soil and water conservation work.

The Iowa Watershed Improvement Review Board recently approved ten applications totaling $2,307,554 in grants to support soil and water conservation projects that will improve water quality or reduce flooding in the state.

The grant funds will be matched by recipients, who will provide $6,523,949 in funding from the local communities to support these projects. As a result, $8.8 million will be going to support conservation work in priority watersheds throughout the state.

PRIORITY WATERSHEDS: The Iowa Watershed Improvement Review Board announced last week that it has approved 10 priority watersheds in the state to receive the latest round of funding. The cost-share money supports soil and water conservation efforts to improve water quality and reduce flooding. The grant funds will be matched by recipients.

"These projects are a partnership between federal, state and local organizations that are committed to improving Iowa's water quality," says Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. "By supporting projects that address runoff and drainage, sedimentation, urban stormwater, livestock runoff, streambed and bank stabilization and a number of other issues, these projects are focused on issues that directly impact the state's waterways and water quality."

Grant funds will be matched by recipients, who will provide $6.5 million from local communities, resulting in total of $8.8 million for conservation work

The approved projects have already completed watershed assessments that identified critical water resource areas and will focus on implementing specific water quality or flood reduction improvements.

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, counties, county conservation boards, cities and local watershed improvement committees were eligible to apply. Individual projects could request up to $300,000.

WIRB received a total of $3 million this year from the state Legislature and at least half of the funds must be used to support voluntary, science based water quality practices outlined in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

Funding from Legislature helps cost-share practices with farmers and landowners, as outlined in Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy

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. It is anticipated that another request for applications will be announced later this year.

To receive more information or ask questions, contact Jerry Neppel at 515-281-3599. The approved grants follow here: 

Watershed Name

Organization

County(ies)

Grant Amount

Yellow River Headwaters

Winneshiek SWCD

Winneshiek

$300,000.00

Clear Creek Watershed

City of Coralville

Johnson

$263,540.00

Honey Creek-Lindsey Creek-Dry Run Creek

Delaware SWCD

Delaware, Clayton

$60,000.00

Central Park Lake

Jones County Conservation Board

Jones

$121,698.00

West Fork Middle Nodaway River

Adair SWCD

Adair, Cass

$298,563.00

Gere Creek

Cherokee SWCD

Cherokee

$299,942.00

Rathbun Lake

Rathbun Lake and Water Alliance

Appanoose, Lucas, Wayne

$144,000.00

Silver Creek

Howard SWCD

Howard, Winneshiek

$240,000.00

Mosquito Creek

West Pottawattamie SWCD

Pottawattamie

$279,811.00

Hurley Creek / McKinley Lake

City of Creston

Union

$300,000.00

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