April 27, 2021

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Invest to improve Iowa's Water Quality

The Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA) and Iowa’s watershed coordinators are working to improve the state’s water quality. That’s why IAWA partnered with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Conservation Districts of Iowa to create the annual IAWA Iowa Watershed Awards!

The Importance of Iowa's Watershed Coordinators

Everywhere we work, watershed coordinators are playing key roles.

Watershed coordinators are the key to making the watershed approach work. They are:

  • the catalysts that spark change by helping farmers and landowners adopt conservation practices.
  • the ‘quarterbacks’ that coordinate activities and align partners and communities around common goals.
  • the ambassadors that bring together public and private sector partners, urban and rural collaborators, and upstream and downstream communities to work together to get the job done.
  • the communicators, technical specialists, conservation planners, event planners, and community organizers.

In short, without watershed coordinators, we would not have come this far to improving water quality across Iowa. That’s why IAWA is raising funds to support watershed coordinators and watershed projects throughout Iowa.

IAWA has leveraged funding from our founding members — Iowa Corn, the Iowa Pork Producers Association and the Iowa Soybean Association — the IAWA Business Council, and public and private grants, including the generous support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation Services, to align over $135M of investments to improve water quality on more than four million acres of private lands.

The last decade has demonstrated what a few passionate people can accomplish when they roll up their sleeves and get to work implementing a vision to improve Iowa's water quality. Today, we have unprecedented collaboration among many stakeholders. However, we still have so much work to do. With your help, IAWA will continue its service to Iowa farmers and the people of Iowa while expanding our programming to new priority watersheds and reaching new farmer audiences.

If you would like to contribute to help move the needle to improve water quality in our local watersheds, please consider making a contribution through the following link to support IAWA’s important work.

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