A United States Department of Housing and Urban Development grant will help make Iowa better prepared for flooding and nutrient reduction, according to a report in The Gazette.
New funding from the National Disaster Resilience Competition totaling almost $97 million will help watersheds form Watershed Management Authorities. These authorities will develop and assess conservation projects based on needs of the community, many of which are rural and have smaller populations.
Iowa received the award in a field of 39 other applicants largely because of the Iowa Flood Center and the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, according to the Gazette report. While details are forthcoming from a Friday announcement by Governor Terry Branstad, counties that experienced high loss of topsoil were targeted for the funding.