Iowa Watershed Approach

A Vision for Iowa’s Future

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Iowa Watershed Approach

HUD Disaster Resilience Grant to Iowa: $96.9 million

The Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA) is a vision for Iowa’s future that voluntarily engages stakeholders throughout the watershed to achieve common goals, while moving toward a more resilient state. It is a replicable model for other communities where the landscape has lost its natural resilience to floods. This program is not only about Iowans helping Iowans, but also about demonstrating Iowans’ commitment to agricultural stewardship, to the environment, to their neighbors, and to the future. The goals of the IWA include the following:

  • Reduction of flood risk;
  • Improvement in water quality;
  • Increased resilience;
  • Engagement of stakeholders through collaboration, outreach, and education;
  • Improved quality of life and health for Iowans; and
  • Development of a replicable program.

Video: The Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA)
a vision for Iowa’s future.

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Clear Creek

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Dubuque/Bee Branch Creek

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East Nishnabotna River

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English River

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Middle Cedar River

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North Raccoon River

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Upper Iowa River

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Upper Wapsipinicon River

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West Nishnabotna River

Programs

Flood Mitigation Projects

The Iowa Watershed Approach will work with Watershed Management Authorities to select locations to construct and implement projects directed toward mitigating flood damage, improving water quality, and building community flood resilience.

Flood Resilience Program

The IWA Flood Resilience Team seeks to provide value to Iowa’s watershed communities through partnerships to develop the tools to measure and visualize flood resilience in ways that make future mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery planning actions more meaningful and useful. Together, we can make our watershed communities more flood resilient.

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