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DNR Watershed Implementation Grants

DNR Watershed Implementation Grants help local groups to make changes to streams like this one in northeast Iowa.The DNR offers Iowa groups looking to improve our state's waters the opportunity to apply for grants. Watershed Implementation Grants help local groups and organizations put watershed management plans into action to improve the quality of water entering our rivers, streams and lakes. 

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About the grants
DNR Watershed Implementation Grants give funding and assistance to local groups to put a Watershed Management Plan into action. These plans identify problems in a watershed, develop solutions to improve water quality and create strategies to put the plan into action. Applicants must have a completed Watershed Management Plan to apply for a DNR Watershed Implementation Grant. If you don't yet have a plan, consider applying for a DNR Watershed Planning Grant for assistance creating a plan.

Note: Soil and Water Conservation Districts applying for WPF or WSPF funds from IDALS-DSC in addition to a DNR Watershed Implementation Grant, should use the above application form and note that you also intend to apply for WPF or WSPF. There is no need to fill out separate applications. 

Get started
The first step in applying for a DNR watershed grant is to contact your Basin Coordinator, who can talk with you about your group's vision for water quality and talk about the resources available to you, as well as answer your questions about the grant application process. Contact information for basin coordinators, watershed grant staff

For those looking for additional planning assistance, the DNR also offers Watershed Planning Grants to help groups evaluate potential projects and develop watershed plans before applying for an Implementation Grant.

Selecting grant recipients
The DNR is looking to fund watershed efforts that will:

Grant process timeline - DNR Watershed Implementation Grants

These grants are made possible by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, through funding provided in Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act. Because of this, Watershed Implementation Grants have also been known in the past as "Section 319 Grants." The DNR uses the EPA grant funds to support its watershed improvement program and to fund grants for watershed improvement projects throughout the state. The DNR often partners with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service on these projects.

DNR Contact
Steve Hopkins
DNR Watershed Improvement Program Grants Coordinator