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Watershed Guidance and Technical Assistance

Hand-held GIS units from the DNR can help you complete watershed assessments.DNR Watershed Improvement staff can assist with your project from the planning stages to completion. The DNR, along with our watershed improvement partners (Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship- Division of Soil Conservation and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service), offers the following:

Technical assistance
From the sediment delivery calculator to tools to use in the field, a number of support options are available to watershed groups.

The DNR and its partners can assist with assessments in the watershed, which help determine what the problems are and where they're coming from. These include stream (RASCAL), gully, watershed land cover and tillage, livestock and other assessments. Project coordinators can use tools from the DNR, like tablet computers and hand-held GIS units, to complete these assessments.

Project coordinators can also use the Sediment Delivery Calculator, a database that calculates sediment delivery reduction resulting from conservation practices installed during a project.

Projects can receive advice on selection and design of conservation practices, as well as help with cost-share and funding assistance issues from DNR, DSC and NRCS.

More information on technical assistance is available from your Basin Coordinator.

Project guidance 
Basin Coordinators work with watershed projects on assessments, grant applications and developing local watershed efforts. The basin coordinators can also answer day-to-day questions from project coordinators.

The DNR’s project officers work with the projects and Basin Coordinators on project planning, development and oversight, and contracts. The project officers also serve as a contact with EPA and can answer questions on eligibility for 319 funds. Once you have a grant, DNR project officers will visit you in the field at least twice a year to help you reach your watershed improvement goals.

Both the Basin Coordinators and DNR project officers can help plan your project.
Project officer and basin coordinator contact info

Outreach assistance
Help on your public outreach efforts (sometimes referred to as "Information and Education") is available from the DNR. Contact your Basin Coordinator for more information and browse these resources: