Local Groups


Iowa State graduate students learning about saturated buffers

Middle Cedar River Watershed

Our project is aligned with state goals to reduce nutrient pollution we contribute to the Upper Mississippi by 45%. We work in collaboration with federal, state, county, private and local groups and individuals, including the Natural Resources Conservation Service, county Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and the City of Cedar Rapids. Our primary focus is…

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people gathering at watershed

Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority

The Maquoketa River WMA formed in 2017 with 34 member cities, counties and SWCDs. The watershed spans nine counties and includes just over a million acres. In collaboration with the University of Iowa and Iowa DNR, planning and public affairs graduate students are working with us to complete the final version of our watershed management…

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Le Sueur River Watershed Network

The Le Sueur River Watershed Network exists to encourage collaboration, empower citizens, and nurture a land stewardship ethic amongst those that live, work and recreate in the watershed. News & Stories Le Sueur River Watershed Network A Citizen Advisory Group Gets Started | Le Sueur River Watershed Network Our Ties To the Land & Water |…

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people taking a hay ride on farm

Jo Daviess County Soil & Water Health Coalition

The mission of the Jo Daviess County Soil & Water Health Coalition is to invite individuals into a farmer-led conversation about soil health and water quality. The Coalition uses the information gained through experimentation and shared experience to implement practices that reduce soil erosion and nutrient loss while increasing resiliency and profitability on Jo Daviess…

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river cleanup

Ioway Creek Watershed Management Authority

Our mission at Prairie Rivers of Iowa is to promote economic development through the restoration and conservation of Iowa’s cultural and natural resources. Advocate: We support ecological and natural resource integrity by advancing sustainable stewardship practices. Partner: We engage and empower people and organizations with a diversity of skills and expertise to accomplish together more…

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cleanupers on fox river IL

Friends of the Fox River

Friends of the Fox River is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the natural resources of the Fox River watershed by connecting people with nature through education, research, restoration and advocacy.

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Dubuque County Watersheds event at farm

Dubuque County Watersheds

Dubuque County Watersheds is a collaboration between Dubuque County, the City of Dubuque, and the Dubuque Soil and Water Conservation District. We are working to increase conservation measures and profitability on farms and improve ecosystem habitat by partnering with both rural and urban landowners. Stories, Videos & Podcasts Conservation Conversations with Jeff Schmitt Community Conservation…

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Central Turkey River Water Quality Initiative

To encourage and implement practices in the watershed that reduce soil loss and improve water quality.

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Boone River Watershed Project

Farmers, Iowa DNR, The Nature Conservancy, Iowa Soybean Association and county SWCDs are restoring stream oxbows to reduce nutrient runoff and create habitat for the endangered Topeka shiner minnow.

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