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New Mississippi River Basin Projects Selected in Iowa

DES MOINES, IOWA, JUNE 19, 2012—Iowa will receive funding for six new projects to help landowners and producers within the Mississippi River Basin voluntarily implement conservation and management practices on their land. These practices will help prevent, control and trap nutrient runoff from agricultural land.

Five of Iowa's projects will be funded through the USDA's Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI), which receives funding from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Following are the CCPI funded projects in Iowa that begin this year:

  • Upper Cedar Watershed Project — This watershed is located in Floyd and Chickasaw counties. The project will receive more than $1.4 million over a four-year period.
  • Lytle Creek Project — This watershed is located in Jackson and Dubuque counties. The four-year project will receive $1.25 million from a partnership between the Jackson and Dubuque Soil and Water Conservation Districts and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
  • Lindsey-Honey Creek Watershed Project — This watershed is located in Delaware and Clayton counties in the Maquoketa River Basin. The project will receive nearly $3.5 million over a three-year period.
  • Putnam County Headwaters Locust Creek and West Locust Creek — These watersheds are located in north central Missouri and a portion of Wayne County in Iowa. The five-year project will utilize nearly $1.8 million through federal and nonfederal funding.
  • North Raccoon River Partnership — This watershed is located in Buena Vista, Pocahontas and Clay counties. The project will receive $1.5 million over a four-year period.

The sixth project is funded through the Wetlands Restoration and Enhancement Program (WREP). The North Raccoon River Wetland Initiative includes portions of eight west-central Iowa counties. Funds will be used to acquire and restore 1,020 acres of permanent and/or 30-year Wetlands Reserve Program easements.  

Under the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI), USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide financial and technical assistance for these projects. Partner organizations will contribute additional financial resources.

The MRBI will help NRCS and its partners expand their capacity to improve water quality throughout the basin. CCPI will use a conservation systems approach to manage nitrogen and phosphorus, which will minimize runoff and reduce downstream nutrient loading. WREP will encourage strategic placement of wetland restoration projects.

More information about Iowa's MRBI projects is available at:
www.ia.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/MRBI.html

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Contacts:
Dave Brommel, EQIP Coordinator, 515-323-2608                            
Monica Monk, WRP Coordinator, 515-323-2637