Two Winneshiek County projects are among 11 statewide projects, which will share almost $1 million in grant funding through the Watershed Improvement Review Board.

Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Association will receive $99,750 for Dry Run Creek, ,and Winneshiek County Soil and Conservation District will receive $63,570 for Lake Meyer.

Other approved grants include: Center Lake Dickinson Soil and Water Conservation District, Dickinson County, $100,000; Fox River Fox River Ecosystem Development Board Appanoose, Davis, Van Buren $100,000; Honey Creek-Lindsey Creek-Dry Run Creek, Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District Delaware, Clayton counties, $100,000; Little Bear Creek Watershed Poweshiek Soil and Water Conservation District, Poweshiek County, $99,999; Middle Buffalo Creek Buchanan Soil and Water Conservation District, Buchanan and Delaware counties, $100,000; Miller Creek Monroe Soil and Water Conservation District, Monroe County, $59,075; and Twelve Mile Creek Lake Watershed, Union Soil and Water Conservation District, Union County, $97,350.

The grant funds will be matched by recipients, who will provide $3,171,997 in funding from the local communities to support these projects. As a result, $4.1 million will be going to improve priority watersheds throughout the state.

"These projects are a partnership between federal, state and local organizations that are committed to improving Iowa's water quality," said Bill Northey, Iowa secretary of agriculture.  

"By supporting projects that address runoff and drainage, sedimentation, urban storm water, groundwater pollution, flooding and a number of other issues, these projects are focused on issues that directly impact the state's waterways and water quality.

The approved projects have already completed watershed assessments that identified critical water resource areas and will focus on implementing specific water quality or flood reduction improvements.  The projects will start after a grant agreement is signed between the applicant and the Watershed Improvement Review Board.

Soil and water conservation districts, public water supply utilities, counties, county conservation boards, cities and local watershed improvement committees were eligible to apply. Individual projects could request up to $100,000.

The Watershed Improvement Review Board is comprised of representatives from agriculture, drinking water and wastewater utilities, environmental organizations, agribusiness and the conservation community along with two state senators and two state representatives. It is anticipated another request for applications will be announced later this year.

To receive more information or ask questions, contact Jerry Neppel at 515-281-3599.