$5.1 Million Approved for 13 Water Quality Improvement Projects

waterqualityOn Tuesday, September 22, 2009, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) issued a press release in which Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced that the Watershed Improvement Review Board (WIRB) has approved thirteen applications totaling more than $5.1 million in grants to support water quality projects. The grant funds will be matched with $13.3 million in local funding. As a result, $18.48 million will be going to improve water quality throughout the state.

The approved projects have already completed watershed assessments. The projects will commence after a grant agreement is signed between an applicant and WIRB. Groups eligible for application include soil and water conservation districts, public water supply utilities, counties, county conservation boards, cities, and local watershed improvement committees. Individual projects can request up to $500,000. WIRB 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 further information or ask questions, contact Jerry Neppel at 515-281-3599. The approved grants are listed below:

Organization Project Length Counties Grant Amount
Bear Creek Watershed Delaware SWCD 2 years Delaware $347,950
Beaver Creek Watershed City of Johnston 2 years Polk $299,518
Fox River Fox River Ecosystem Development Inc. 5 years Appanoose, Davis $493,750
Hawthorn Lake Mahaska SWCD 4 years Mahaska $360,900
Hewitt Creek Watershed Hewitt Creek Watershed Improvement Assoc. 5 years Dubuque $482,035
Indian Springs Pond Watershed Project Allamakee SWCD 3 years Allamakee $201,660
Little River Lake Decatur SWCD 3 years Decatur $423,900
Lost Creek Watershed Lee SWCD 4 years Lee $445,800
Lytle Creek Limestone Bluffs RC&D 2 years Jackson $500,000
Rathbun Lake Watershed Rathbun Land and Water Alliance 5 years Appanoose, Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Monroe, Wayne $491,800
Silver Creek Clayton SWCD 4 years Clayton $365,950
Upper Buffalo Creek Watershed Buchanan SWCD 4 years Buchanan, Fayette $494,569
Walnut Creek Watershed Poweshiek SWCD 3 years Poweshiek $213,000