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Disaster Resilience Grant:
Iowa Watershed Approach

Reducing Flooding and Advancing Water Quality

This program utilizes a one-time source of funding to help Iowans work together to make our communities more resilient to flooding and help improve water quality. Focused on nine distinct watersheds, numerous public and private efforts are coordinated to develop project with wide-spread impact.

the program is supported by U.S. Housing and Urban Development dollars through a Disaster Resilience Grant.


  • Reduce flood risk
  • Improve water quality
  • Increase resilience
  • Engage stakeholders
  • Improve quality of life and health
  • Develop a model program for other states

Watershed Project Sites
Bee Branch Creek in Dubuque, Upper Iowa River, Upper Wapsipinicon River, Middle Cedar River, Clear Creek, English River, North Raccoon River, West Nishnabotna River, and East Nishnabotna River.

Program Stakeholders
Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, University of Iowa/Iowa Flood Center, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, National Resources Conservation Service, County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, The Nature Conservancy, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Agricultural Water Alliance, local resource conservation & development offices, Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Association of Counties, Silver Jackets Flood Risk Management Team, and many more. 

The City of Dubuque is a key partner in the Iowa Watershed Approach, implementing an urban watershed initiative in an area impacted by devastating floods. The cities of Coralville and Storm Lake will also receive significant resources for water infrastructure projects.

Program Contact(s)

Ann Schmid

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