River Grants & Tools

river grants

 

In addition to promoting paddling on Iowa's lakes, rivers, and creeks, we at the DNR are working toward creating a statewide trail system where rivers and lakes are being developed in ways friendly toward canoeists and kayakers, where ample warning and portage trails are provided for known hazards like low-head dams, and where brochures and kiosks interpret the area's cultural, historic, and natural amenities. For information about grants we administer toward this goal, click on the appropriate link below.

Please note:
Our sign manual has gone through significant changes under the Statewide Planning effort conducted with Iowa State University.
 

Please visit the Development Manual and page for grant information.

Available Grants


Dam Mitigation Grants
The Iowa Legislature appropriated funds for fiscal year 2016 for the development of dam mitigation and water trail projects. A portion the funds are available competitively for dam mitigation cost-share grants. Dam owners and other eligible entities are encouraged to apply for cost-share assistance for projects that reduce recreational hazards and enhance aquatic species connectivity.

For guidance on how projects might be approached, please read “ Solving Dam Problems: Iowa’s 2010 Plan for Dam Mitigation” and/or “Developing Water Trails in Iowa.”

Dam Grant Application Form
Dam Grant Application Form

Total amount available: $277,901
Application post-mark deadline:
Closing date February 3, 2017 





Water Trail Enhancement Grants
The Iowa Legislature appropriated funds for fiscal year 2017 for the development of dam mitigation and water trail projects. A portion of the funds are available competitively for water trail enhancement cost-share grants. Local divisions of Iowa government are encouraged to apply for cost-share assistance for infrastructure or infrastructure improvements along state designated water trails or water trails on track for state designation. 

For guidance on how projects might be approached, please read “Developing Water Trails in Iowa.” 

Enhancement Grant Application Form
Enhancement Grant Application Form

Total amount available: $225,000
Application post-mark deadline:
Closing date March 3, 2017