The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship just announced that a webinar will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to provide an overview of the Request of Applications for watershed demonstration projects focused on water quality and answer questions for any interested applicants. Anyone interested in participating in the webinar can connect at https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/idals.
The webinar will be hosted by Shawn Richmond, Env. Specialist Sr. with the IDALS. Watershed groups interested in applying for watershed demonstration projects focused on water quality should plan to participate.
These projects will serve as demonstration areas for implementing the water quality practices outlined in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Groups applying for assistance should focus on demonstrating conservation practices paired with strong outreach/education efforts to disseminate information to promote increased awareness and adoption of available practices and technologies for achieving reductions in nutrient loads to surface waters. Successful projects will serve as local and regional hubs for demonstrating practices and providing practice information to farmers, peer networks, and local communities.
Projects must be within the nine large priority watersheds that have been identified by the Iowa Water Resources Coordinating Council (WRCC). The nine priority watersheds are the Floyd, West Nishnabotna, East Nishnabotna, North Raccoon, Boone, South Skunk, Skunk, Middle Cedar, and Turkey.
Soil and Water Conservation Districts, watershed groups and other non-governmental organizations are eligible to submit applications. Projects will be allowed up to three years for initial project duration with the possibility of future extensions depending on future funding availability and project performance. Groups should seek advice from the regional coordinator in their area.
Project applications, which includes a map of priority watersheds, can be found on the Department’s website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov under “Hot Topics” or can be requested by contacting the Department’s Division of Soil Conservation at 515-281-5851.
Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 30, 2013.