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Current Watershed Improvement Grant Opportunities

1/21/2020 - The Watershed Improvement Section is soliciting applications for the implementation of a Statewide Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program. This grant offering will provide up to $100,000 to a partner that will help carry out two objectives of the Iowa Nonpoint Source Management Plan (NPSMP):

  • Objective 2.5 - "Develop and implement a statewide campaign to inform people about water quality issues, motivate involvement, and change behavior"
  • Objective 3.1 - "Encourage greater public participation in the monitoring and evaluation of water quality best management practices"

In particular, the partner will, in total, accomplish very specifically Action Step 2 of Objective 3.1: "Provide a volunteer monitoring "train-the-trainer program" that trains local watershed groups how to organize a locally-led volunteer monitoring program, use monitoring equipment, and interpret data." 

More requirements of the proposals sought can be found in the applications, available in the following formats:

The application solicitation process will be open until February 10, 2020. All submissions are to be sent electronically to and any questions can also be directed there or to Steve via phone at 515-725-8388.

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Iowa Watershed Successes

Learn about how Iowans are improving the land for better water quality, including projects to improve trout fishing, to protect mussels, to give new life to well-loved recreational lakes and rivers, and more in our annual booklet, Working for Clean Water.

More Iowa watershed successes from the U.S. EPA