Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is encouraging eligible groups to apply for grants to support projects that will improve water quality in the state. Approximately $3 million is available through the Watershed Improvement Review Board to support qualifying projects.
Funds are available to local watershed improvement committees, soil and water conservation districts, public water supply utilities, county conservation boards, cities and counties. Funds are typically matched with other funds by the organizations receiving assistance and will support a variety of projects across the state focusing on protecting water quality and improving the health of the state's waterway.
Projects eligible for funding include, but are not limited to, those addressing agricultural runoff and drainage, flood prevention, streambank erosion, municipal discharge, storm water runoff, unsewered communities, industrial discharge and livestock runoff. At least half the funds, or $1.5 million, must be used to support projects focused on implementing the Iowa Water Quality Initiative.
October 15 is deadline to apply for grants through Watershed Improvement Review Board
Each project can request up to $300,000 in funding over three years. Potential applicants should review the RFA in full to make sure their proposal qualifies.
All applications are due on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 and will be reviewed on November 8 by the Watershed Improvement Review Board. The Board is comprised of representatives from agriculture, drinking water and wastewater utilities, environmental organizations, agribusiness, the conservation community along with two state senators and two state representatives. A funding announcement is expected to be made in November.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~
Application materials can be downloaded from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship website. To receive more information or ask questions, contact Jerry Neppel at 515-281-3599.
Northey announces hiring of Mike Naig as new deputy secretary for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
In other news, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey also recently announced that Mike Naig has been hired as the new deputy secretary for the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship. He started with the department September 4. "Mike will be a tremendous asset and I'm glad he agreed to join our team," Northey said. "His background and experience make him a natural fit for the department."
Naig previously served as manager of state and local government affairs for Monsanto. He has been active in the agribusiness industry for over 13 years, also having served in public policy roles for CropLife America based in Washington, D.C.; the Agribusiness Association of Iowa; and, the Iowa Biotechnology Association.
As deputy secretary, Naig will assist in management responsibilities for the department focused on the areas of personnel and budget. He will also support the department's efforts to be accessible to Iowans by traveling regularly to represent the department at meetings across the state. "It is an honor to join secretary Northey and the team at the department. I look forward to supporting the important work of the department to promote Iowa agriculture, serve Iowans and protect our natural resources," said Naig.
Naig grew up on a farm near Cylinder in northwest Iowa and is a graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake with degrees in biology and political science. He and his wife Jaime have two boys.