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Current Watershed Improvement Grant Opportunities

5/11/2022 - The Iowa DNR Water Quality Improvement program is now accepting applications through July 15, 2022 for its new “County Creek Sign Grant Program”. The grant will provide funding of between $5,000 and $10,000 per county for the installation of creek signs and watershed signs on county roads or city streets within priority watersheds. The general purpose of the grant is to enhance awareness of creeks and watersheds in Iowa. The grants will be funded by EPA Section 319 funds awarded by the DNR Water Quality Improvement (Section 319) program.

Size of Award: $5,000 - $10,000 per county, no match funding required

Duration of Award: Successful applicants will have 2 years from the notification of the award to implement signs and submit invoices to Iowa DNR

Applications Due (Round 1): July 15, 2022

Eligible Applicants: Iowa County Conservation Boards (CCBs), Watershed Management Authorities (WMAs) with filed 28e agreements, Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) agencies, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs), or counties (including county engineering departments)

For more information, reference the Guidance Document


Application Form

Sign Location Form

Application Submittal: Via email to

Questions?: Can be directed via email or via phone:

Steve Hopkins, Nonpoint Source Coordinator - or  515-505-0140

Steve Konrady, Western Basin Coordinator - or 515-204-1456

Note, 6/30/2022:  The DNR County Creek Sign Grant is separate from an ongoing DNR/DOT Stream Sign Initiative, in which Iowa DOT installs creek signs funded by DNR on selected state and federal highways.  The County Creek Sign Grant is for installing signs on county and/or city roads only, and does not involve Iowa DOT.

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