Squaw Creek receives grant from IDALS

Squaw Creek receives grant from IDALS

The Squaw Creek Watershed Management Board received a grant from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Below is the press released just announced today (March 5, 2015). Prairie River of Iowa was named as the Project Leader. This now allows the group to move forward in process with the 20 year plan that was developed by Emmons and Olivier Resources, Inc.

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DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that three additional watershed demonstration projects have been selected to receive $1.4 million in funding through the Iowa water quality initiative over the next three years.  In addition to the state funds, the three projects will provide an additional $1.4 million in matching funds to support water quality improvement efforts as well as other in-kind contributions.

The selected projects will join 13 targeted Water Quality Initiative demonstration watershed projects that were previously funded to help implement and demonstrate water quality practices.  The state has provided $6 million in funding to support these existing projects and has leveraged an additional $10.3 million in additional funding from partners and landowners.  More than 70 organizations are participating in these projects.

“These three new demonstration projects allow us to have a presence in each of the nine large Untitledpriority watersheds identified by the Iowa Water Resources Coordinating Council,” Northey said.  “These watershed projects are an important part of our water quality efforts as they allow us to focus on dramatically increasing efforts to spread adoption of practices proven to improve water quality.  This is an important step to see what is most effective as we seek to expand our efforts all across the state.”

The demonstration watersheds selected cover 274,596 acres.  The projects will implement and demonstrate the effectiveness and adaptability of a host of conservation practices including, but not limited to: cover crops, nutrient management, wetlands, terraces, bioreactors, buffer strips, no-till, strip-till, nitrogen inhibitors, extended rotations, conservation cover, drainage water management and manure management.

More than 30 partners from agriculture organizations, institutions of higher education, private industry, the local, state and federal government, and others, are working together on these projects.

Applications were requested in early December 2014 and all were reviewed by a committee including representatives from the Department, Iowa State University, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Iowa.  The committee made recommendations that were used by the Department in selecting the projects to be funded.

Leading a New Collaborative Approach to Improving Water Quality in the Squaw Creek WatershedStory, Boone and Hamilton Counties

Grant award: $609,164
Total project: $930,788
Project leaders: Prairie Rivers of Iowa Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D)

Partners: Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority (WMA), Story County Board of Supervisors, Boone County Board of Supervisors, Story Soil and Water Conservation District, Boone Soil and Water Conservation District, Hamilton Soil and Water Conservation District, City of Ames, Story County Conservation Board, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Heartland Cooperative, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, Technical Service Provider Network, Emmons & Oliver, Iowa State University Bioeconomy Institute, DuPont Pioneer

Project details: The Prairie Rivers of Iowa RC&D, in cooperation with the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority, is leading this effort in the Squaw Creek Watershed.  This project will take a collaborative approach involving multiple stakeholders to address runoff in the watershed through practice implementation, outreach/education events, and assessment.  The Squaw Creek WMA established a strategic plan in 2014 to help guide and target implementation efforts within the watershed.  Included in the plan was an assessment of the watershed that will help assess and target locations for best management practices to protect and improve water quality.

To read a short summary of each of the other projects awarded click here.

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