We are working with the Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa and many other partners to develop Watershed Management Authorities (WMA's) for the East and West Nishnabotna River watersheds.
Through the Iowa Watershed Approach, Iowans will work together to address factors that contribute to floods and nutrient flows. Iowans will enjoy improvements in quality of life and health resulting from upstream watershed investments tied to community resilience activities. This adaptive model, supported by U.S. Housing & Urban Development dollars, will leverage the principles of Iowa’s innovative Nutrient Reduction Strategy to make our communities more resilient to flooding and help improve water quality.
The IWA will accomplish six specific goals: 1) reduce flood risk; 2) improve water quality; 3) increase resilience; 4) engage stakeholders through collaboration and outreach/education; 5) improve quality of life and health, especially for vulnerable populations; and 6) develop a program that is scalable and replicable throughout the Midwest and the United States.
Nine Iowa watersheds are included in this project, including both the East and West Nishnabotna rivers.