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November 18, 2013

Rathbun Lake watershed receives grant

DES MOINES – The Watershed Improvement Review Board recently approved 10 applications totaling $2,307,554 in grants to support projects that will improve water quality or reduce flooding in the state.

The grant funds will be matched by recipients, who will provide $6,523,949 in funding from the local communities to support these projects. As a result, $8.8 million will be going to support conservation work in priority watersheds throughout the state.

Rathbun Lake watershed through the Rathbun Lake and Water Alliance in Appanoose, Lucas and Wayne counties received $144,000.

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.

WIRB received a total of $3 million this year and at least half of the funds must be used to support voluntary, science based water quality practices referenced in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

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 that another request for applications will be announced later this year.

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