The English River Watershed established as a 28E agreement among counties, cities, and soil and water conservation districts. The English River Watershed consists of 16 entities.


The English River watershed, located in southeastern Iowa, is 409,236 acres (approximately 639 square miles) in area. It is home to approximately 21,700 people, the majority of whom live in one of several small communities in the watershed. The watershed covers portions of Poweshiek, Iowa, Johnson, Washington, and Keokuk Counties; and portions, or all, of the following communities: Grinnell, Guernsey, Montezuma, Barnes City, Deep River, Gibson, Millersburg, Keswick, Webster, Kinross, North English, Parnell, Wellman, Kalona, and Riverside.





City of Barnes City

City of Grinnell

City of Kalona

City of Keswick

City of Riverside

City of Wellman


Soil & Water Conservation Districts

Iowa County SWCD

Johnson County SWCD

Keokuk County SWCD

Poweshiek County SWCD

Washington County SWCD



County of Iowa

County of Johnson

County of Keokuk

County of Poweshiek

County of Washington

Board of Directors


Ryan Schlabaugh, Chair, City of Kalona

Abe Miller, Vice Chair, Washington County

Kate Giannini, At Large, Washington County SWCD

Mark Kennett, At Large, Poweshiek County SCWD

Ryan Miller, At Large, City of Wellman

Jan Anderson, At Large, City of Grinnell

Mike Phillips, At Large, Poweshiek County SWCD

Steve Berger, Ex Officio, Iowa Farm Bureau, Washington County Farmer

Vacant, Ex Officio


WMA Legal Framework


Organizational Bylaws

Articles of Agreement