DES MOINES — The DNR is now accepting applications for a grant designed to help locally-led groups lead water quality improvement efforts in Iowa watersheds.
Groups can request Watershed Implementation Grants to carry out phases of watershed management plans to improve a local river, lake or stream on the state’s impaired waters list. Offered by the DNR’s Watershed Improvement Program with EPA Section 319 funds, the grants help local groups passionate about improving water quality make changes in the watershed (the land that drains to a lake, river or stream) in order to reduce pollution reaching our waters.
To be eligible, groups must have completed a DNR-approved nine-element watershed management plan, which identifies problems in the watershed and proposes strategies and solutions for better water quality. Groups have found success in using watershed management plans to carry out projects across the state, including at Clear Lake where water quality has improved steadily for the past six years.
Since 2000, the DNR has awarded $30 million to 170 projects to improve water quality locally through implementation grants.
Applications for Watershed Implementation Grants are due Oct. 15, 2012 by 4:30 p.m., Central time. For application forms, contact information and additional details, visit watershed.iowadnr.gov
or contact Hopkins at 515-281-6402 or Stephen.Hopkins@dnr.iowa.gov
The Section 319 program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides DNR funding for nonpoint pollution programs, including Watershed Implementation Grants.