January 3, 2018

Iowa Ag Water Alliance is Launching the New Iowa Watershed Award

News Release

Watershed Coordinators To Be Recognized for their Efforts on Water Quality and for Working Toward the Goals Set Out in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 20, 2017

CONTACT:  Zita Quade, 515-334-1080, zquade@iowaagwateralliance.com

DES MOINES, IOWA — Across Iowa, watershed communities are working together to improve water quality, build soil health, and reduce flood risk. Watershed coordinators, project staff who provide partnership-based management and stewardship in a watershed, are a key ingredient to the success of these locally driven water quality efforts.

To honor watershed coordinators for their contributions and dedication to improving water quality, the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA) — in partnership with Iowa State University (ISU), the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Conservation Districts of Iowa (CDI) — is launching the new Iowa Watershed Award.

Sponsored by IAWA, the Iowa Watershed Award will recognize up to five honorees, with each receiving funding for their local watershed program and for their own professional development.

“Iowa’s watershed coordinators are critical to the future success of improving water quality and meeting the goals of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy,” says Sean McMahon, Executive Director of IAWA.

The watershed approach is helping all stakeholders work together toward a future that strengthens local communities and agriculture. “Critical to this success is engaging farmer leaders at the watershed level to improve water quality while also helping improve farmer profitability,” says McMahon. “We want to help maintain the great momentum that the watershed approach is building.”

Recipients of the Iowa Watershed Award will be announced at the Iowa Water Conference held March 21-22 at ISU. Applications are being accepted until January 31, 2018, and will be evaluated by a panel of judges from IAWA, ISU, IDALS, Iowa DNR, and CDI.

“We are delighted to work with our partners to recognize Iowa’s watershed coordinators for the important work they do every day across Iowa to improve our water quality,” says McMahon

The Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA) is increasing the pace and scale of farmer-led efforts to improve water quality. Founded in 2014 by Iowa Corn, Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Pork Producers Association, IAWA is building public-private partnerships focused on implementing water quality solutions. Iowa farmers are actively engaged in various conservation efforts that improve water quality. Learn more at www.iowaagwateralliance.com.