Call-In Available for Sept 28 Meeting About Forming a Watershed Management Authority
Posted: 09/22/2011

DES MOINES — Cities and counties interested in forming a watershed management authority may attend a Sept. 28 information meeting at 1 p.m. by telephone.

This informational meeting will assist cities and counties interested in collaborating to reduce flood risks and improve water quality within a watershed. The DNR and the Iowa Economic Development Authority are awarding up to six applicants $30,000 each as seed money to form watershed management authorities. Only counties declared federal disaster areas during the 2008 floods, and cities within those 85 counties, are eligible.

To call in, dial 866-685-1580. When the call is answered followed by the prompt, enter the conference code of 4510673319 followed by the # sign. The meeting will take place in the Wallace State Office Building, third floor conference room, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines.

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. The application deadline is Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Interested cities or counties can apply to the DNR to form a watershed management authority. 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. 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/.