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Iowa Watershed Approach consults farmers, seeks volunteers

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Storm Lake Pilot Tribune 12/10/2018 — The Iowa Watershed Approach Program is conferring with farmers and landowners, attempting to gather enough land to make conservation initiatives viable with about $2.5 million in grant money. With the highest nitrate concentration of any stream of its size in North America, the North Raccoon River Watershed is the target […]

UI experts, Dubuque officials improve city’s flood resilience one home at a time

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Daily Erosion Project Data Available Now

Ames, Iowa – The Daily Erosion Project, housed at the Iowa Water Center at Iowa State University, is now distributing Iowa Watershed Approach data to watersheds on USB drives. Examining soil erosion is critical to the conservation planning process because soil erosion and water runoff are closely linked: water runoff fuels the occurrence of flooding […]

Geological mapping could help flood relief plans in the future

URBANA, Iowa (KCRG) – What happens upstream of Cedar Rapids can make the flood protection along the Cedar River vary. Farmers’ willingness to divert runoff from the river is also another key factor. Determining the best location for drainage basins or new ponds to slow water runoff could get a boost from what’s called “geological mapping.” […]

New Maps Aid in Flood Management

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Urbana, Iowa — Scientists from the University of Iowa are conducting new mapping of the ground beneath our feet in the Middle Cedar Watershed. Yesterday, watershed stakeholders met in a rural area southwest of Urbana to catch a glimpse of the action and learn about the importance of geologic mapping for landowners, farmers, private industry, […]

Flood Reduction Practices Eligible for 90 Percent Cost Share

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Through the Iowa Watershed Approach statewide program, qualifying landowners can receive up to 90 percent cost-share assistance to implement small-scale flood mitigation practices. Across the state, the Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA) is working with landowners and other stakeholders to implement watershed projects to reduce flooding and improve water quality. The program focuses on nine watersheds […]

Maas Farms Wins Environmental Award

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As Iowans work to meet the goals set out in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, the actions of individual landowners can make a big difference. One Iowa County farm family that has gone above and beyond for Iowa’s environment has recently been recognized for their efforts. Maas Farms near South Amana, operated by Stewart and […]

Touring the Otter Creek Watershed

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Despite a rainy start to the day, nearly 60 people gathered for a bus tour of the Otter Creek Watershed in Northeast Iowa on June 8. Participants saw rural and urban conservation practices designed and installed to reduce flooding in the watershed. The tour began and ended in West Union, Iowa, where downtown infrastructure has […]

Citizens Help Shape Future of Flood Resiliency, Water Quality in Nishnabotna River Watersheds

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Oakland, IA – The East and West Nishnabotna Watershed Coalition is hosting its final round of stakeholder meetings to gain additional input for creating watershed management and flood resiliency plans for the East and West Nishnabotna River Watersheds. The East Nishnabotna stakeholders will meet on July 30, 2018 from 7-9 p.m. at ‘The Venue’ in […]