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Planning Grants Available for Iowa Watershed Management Authorities

NOTE TO EDITORS: The following is a joint news release from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA).


For more information contact:


Jeff Berckes, DNR, 515.281.4791 or

Tina Hoffman, IEDA, 515.725.3150 or




June 21, 2012 – (DES MOINES) Cities and counties that represent watershed management authorities can apply for a new grant from the DNR and the Iowa Economic Development Authority to develop a comprehensive watershed plan to reduce flood risks and improve water quality.


Interested cities or counties that represent a watershed management authority can apply to the DNR for a planning grant. A watershed management authority is an agreement between political subdivisions (cities, counties, and soil and water conservation districts) to foster cooperation and improve conditions in the watershed. Eligibility is restricted to the 85 counties that were declared federal disaster areas during the 2008 floods.


Interested cities and counties can attend an informational meeting July 25 at 1 p.m. in the Wallace State Office Building third floor conference room, 502 E. Ninth St. in Des Moines. 


Funding is anticipated to be available for three applicants for a maximum award of $187,330 each to develop a comprehensive watershed plan for an established watershed management authority. Award recipients will be given 18 months to develop the plan.


Although one city or one county must be the lead applicant, letters of support from other members of the watershed management authority can strengthen an application. 


The full request for proposal is available at Proposals are due by 4 p.m. August 24. Send proposal by email to


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