Information about this project We are working with the Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa and many other partners to develop Watershed Management Authorities (WMA's) (also called watershed coalition) 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.
Landowner Meetings The first meeting of the East Nishnabotna stakeholder group is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at ‘The Venue’, in Atlantic (307 Walnut St., Atlantic, IA).
The first meeting of the West Nishnabotna stakeholder group is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Mills County Engineer’s Office (403 Railroad Ave., Glenwood, IA).
If you are unable to attend the meeting in your watershed (or your organization covers both watersheds), please try to attend the other meeting. Due to the limited number of meetings, it is important that you, or another representative of your organization, attend at least one of these stakeholder meetings.