A watershed is an area of land that drains to a single point. Iowa’s landscape is divided into about 1,600 smaller watersheds that span about 22,000 acres apiece. As each watershed has unique characteristics such as soils, topography and land use. Therefore, water quality challenges and solutions vary.
The Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA) works with farmers and convenes partners to drive the adoption of conservation practices and other innovations that will improve water quality. While we raise awareness and facilitate activity statewide, we take specific action in our priority watersheds shown here in green. Our efforts bolster existing watershed activities by providing funding, unique outreach approaches and conservation expertise.