The Iowa Watershed Improvement Review Board last week approved 16 applications for watershed improvement funding projects. Nearly $5 million worth of water quality projects were funded for 2006.
"These 16 projects in 24 counties will receive the funding to implement water quality improvements," says Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge. "I applaud the efforts of the board. The people who serve on the board had the daunting task of choosing these projects out of 38 excellent applications."
This year the Legislature allocated $5 million in funding for the program and the 16 projects approved by the board total $4,915,066. Some of the water-related problems to be addressed, according to plans outlined in the approved applications, are control of bacteria, sedimentation, nutrient run-off, urban storm water, drainage well closures, feedlot run-off and stream bank erosion.
Effort helps improve Iowa's water quality
"This is another step in our on-going work to improve water quality," says Judge. "We hope the Iowa Legislature will continue to fund the Watershed Improvement Program so we can provide financial help to more projects next year."
Projects (and counties they are in) receiving funding are:
- Norfolk Creek Sub-watershed in Allamakee, Upper Catfish Creek Watershed in Dubuque, Big Sioux River in Lyon, Price Creek Watershed in Benton and Iowa, and Holiday Lake Watershed in Poweshiek. Also on the list are Lime Creek NPS Project in Buchanan and Benton, Lower Coldwater-Palmer Creek Watershed in Butler and Floyd, Big Bear Creek in Jones.
- Others are Saylor Creek in Polk, Storm Lake Watershed in Buena Vista, Joint Drainage District No. 93 & 100 in Kossuth and Hancock, Rathbun Lake Watershed in Appanoose, Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Monroe and Wayne. Also, Leisure Lake Watershed in Jackson, City of Carpenter Sewage Treatment System Project-Cedar River in Mitchell, Fox River in Appanoose and Davis, and Lake Colchester/Middle Creek in Warren.