Iowa Watershed Approach Project

Between 2017 and 2022, the English River watershed was part of the Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA), a statewide initiative that brought numerous organizations and institutions together to:

  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.

Through this generous federal grant, we were able to provide 32 landowners in select areas of Iowa and Poweshiek Counties with technical assistance and 90% cost sharing on projects. Overall, 13 ponds, 9 grade stabilization structures, 285 water and sediment control basins, 5 wetlands, 13 terraces, 17 grassed waterways, 2 buffer strips, and 10 stormwater detention basins were built. Six area contractors received winning bids to complete the work, totalling $2.76 million.

Map of Projects Built in the English River Watershed with Iowa Watershed Approach Funds 2017 – 2022

Use your cursor to move the map around by clicking once on the map and holding. Click on the “+” to zoom in on the map and click on the “-” to zoom out on the map. Click the “>>” to see the map legend. You can turn layers on and off by checking boxes, to view locations of specific types of practices built with IWA funds.

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.