Cost Share

Program Background

The English River watershed is part of a the Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA), a new statewide initiative bringing numerous organizations and institutions together to achieve the following:

  1. Reduce flood risks
  2. Improve water quality
  3. Increase disaster resiliency
  4. Engaging stakeholders
  5. Improving quality of life and health
  6. Develop a program that can be replicated across the Midwest and the U.S.

Eligible Conservation Practices

We are offering 90% cost share for best management practices on properties in select areas of Poweshiek and Iowa Counties. If your property is in the priority area, you may be eligible for cost share for the following types of projects:

  • Ponds
  • Terraces
  • Bioreactors
  • Sediment Detention Basins
  • Storm Water Detention Basins
  • Saturated / Buffer strips
  • Wetland Restoration/creation
  • Grassed Waterways
  • Oxbow Restoration
  • Floodplain Restoration
  • Perennial Cover/Grass
  • Prairie STRIPS


Eligible Areas for Cost Share Program

The BLUE highlighted areas of Poweshiek and Iowa Counties on the map below show where properties eligible for assistance are located. Application materials can be found below.

To apply for cost share, you can download the Application for Assistance below and return it to English River Watershed, P.O. Box 1213, Kalona, IA 52247. You can also call (319) 656-2310 to talk to watershed staff, or email us to request an application packet be mailed to you.

Application for Assistance


Iowa Watershed Approach – English River Watershed Fact Sheet

Iowa Watershed Approach Project partners include: 

Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management, University of Iowa, Iowa Flood Center, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, National Resources Conservation Service, County Soil & Water Conservation Districts, The Nature Conservancy, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Agricultural Water Alliance, Resource Conservation & Development, Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Association of Counties, and the Silver Jackets Flood Risk Management Team.