Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District

English River Watershed Management Authority

The English River Watershed Management Authority (ERWMA) is a group aimed at improving conditions in the English River watershed.  Improvements focus on reducing flood hazards and improving water quality through increased partnerships, education, and voluntary conservation practice adoption.  

The English River WMA consists of 2 staff members, a Watershed Coordinator and a Project Manager.  The WMA is also made up of a Board of Directors of elected officials, farmers, landowners and others.  

The ERWMA, is recent watershed selected for funding through the Iowa Watershed Approach.  Staff will focus on completing more technical assessments, and collecting water monitoring data to enhance the watershed management plan and narrow down priority areas for implementation.  This is a 5 year project with nearly $4 million to spend on implementation of conservation practices!

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 and the Iowa Watershed Approach Funding, please visit, or call Jody Bailey at 319.656.2310.

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