DNR Seeks Applicants to Form Watershed Management Authorities
Posted: 09/15/2011

DES MOINES – The DNR and the Iowa Economic Development Authority are seeking cities and counties interested in collaborating to reduce flood risks and improve water quality within a watershed.

Interested cities or counties can apply to the DNR to form a Watershed Management Authority. Only counties declared federal disaster areas during the 2008 floods, and cities within those 85 counties, are eligible. A Watershed Management Authority is an agreement between political subdivisions (cities, counties, and soil and water conservation districts) to foster cooperation and ultimately to improve conditions in the watershed.

Funding is available for up to six applicants for $30,000 each in seed money to form Watershed Management Authorities. Award recipients are expected to have six months to invite all political subdivisions in the watershed to participate, establish a board of directors and enter into a formal agreement with all interested parties.

Although one city or one county must be the lead applicant, letters of support from other political subdivisions in the watershed can strengthen an application.

The full request for proposal is available at http://bidopportunities.iowa.gov/.   

Interested cities or counties are encouraged to attend an informational meeting Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. in the Wallace State Office Building, third floor conference room, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines. 

Proposals are due by 4 p.m. Oct. 21. Send proposal by email to Jeff.Berckes@dnr.iowa.gov.