English River Watershed Management Authority awarded $150,000 for Comprehensive Watershed Planning
The newly formed English River Watershed Management Authority (ERWMA), established in August of 2013, was recently awarded a competitive grant of $150,000 through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Grant funds will support research and development of a long-range comprehensive watershed management plan to assess and address flooding, erosion, and nutrient concerns. Plan components will include a complete physical and social inventory of the watershed, hydrological simulation modeling, development of watershed goals and objectives with stakeholders, an implementation plan including best management practices, educational and stakeholder engagement campaigns.
The ERWMA has partnered with the Iowa Flood Center and Iowa Soybean Association for technical assistance with completing the plan. The planning process kicks-off in December of 2013, with a draft Comprehensive Plan scheduled to be released for public comment in early 2015.
The English River watershed is a 627 square mile watershed in eastern Iowa, and covers portions of Iowa, Johnson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Poweshiek, and Washington counties. The goal of the ERWMA is to develop partnerships, assess risks and opportunities, and secure state and federal resources available for stormwater management education, tools, and incentives to be used in the watershed.
For more information about the ERWMA, or the upcoming comprehensive planning process, please visit www.englishriverwma.org, or call Jody Bailey at 319.656.2310.