The Fox River Ecosystem Development Board has funding to help producers and landowners improve water quality in the Fox River watershed in Appanoose and Davis counties.

Cost share assistance is available for a number of conservation practices on cropland and pastureland that work to keep excess sediment, nutrients, and bacteria from entering the Fox River and its tributaries. Available practices through project funds include grade stabilization structures (ponds), water sediment basins and terraces. In addition, these practices could be installed as part of rotational grazing systems, providing better water quality while solving erosion problems.

Fox River project funding works well in combination with other traditional cost share programs such as the Environmental Qualities Incentive Program and the Iowa Financial Incentives Program. By combining program funds, many practices would be eligible to receive up to 75 percent cost share.

The Fox River Ecosystem Development Board has been working with landowners to protect the Fox River by improving the land that drains into the Fox River since 1999.  Partners include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Division of Soil Conservation, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Watershed Improvement Review Board, Natural Resources Conservation Services, and the local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Interested landowners may contact Fox River Project Coordinators Craig Foster at (641) 856-3893 ext.3 in the Centerville NRCS Office, or Brian DeMoss at (641) 664-2600 ext.3 in the Bloomfield NRCS Office to learn more about eligible practices and funding opportunities.

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