On The Radio – Iowa Flood Center helps bring grant to Iowa

The Iowa Flood Center is based in the ?? which sits on the banks of the Iowa River in Iowa City. (University of Iowa)
The Iowa Flood Center is based in the C. Maxwell Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory located on the banks of the Iowa River in Iowa City. (University of Iowa)
Nick Fetty | February 29, 2016

This week’s On The Radio segment looks at a national grant that will provide funding for flood infrastructure and a statewide watershed improvement program in Iowa.

Transcript: Iowa Flood Center helps bring grant to Iowa

Iowa will receive almost $100 million dollars for flood infrastructure and a statewide watershed improvement program, thanks in large part to researchers at the Iowa Flood Center.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded a $96.9 million grant  for the Iowa Watersheds Approach, or I.W.A.,  a program developed by the Iowa Flood Center, the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, and numerous other partners. The I.W.A. will work in nine Iowa watersheds to develop strategies aimed at flood risk reduction, water quality improvement, and increased community resilience with the goal of creating a program that can be replicated throughout the Midwest and the United States.

Under the I.W.A., these nine watersheds will develop Watershed Management Authorities, which will help implement conservation practices that can reduce downstream flooding and improve water quality. Volunteer landowners in the watersheds will receive up to a 75% financial assistance to implement practices such as farm ponds, wetlands, terraces, bioreactors, and perennial crops; conservation practices that have already been tested in the Turkey River watershed with impressive results. These investments will help improve the landscape’s natural resilience, while also demonstrating Iowans’ commitment to agricultural stewardship and the environment. That’s according to Iowa Flood Center Director Witold Krajewski:

KRAJEWSKI: “This grant builds on the efforts of the Iowa Flood Center. I give a lot of credit to the Iowa legislators for having the wisdom and the vision to establish the center in the aftermath of the 2008 flood. The center has brought a lot of expertise to the forefront of reducing flood risk and today through the HUD grant, flood mitigation and improving water quality go hand-in-hand following a holistic watershed approach.”

For more information about the IWA, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.