A water quality project in Sioux Center, Iowa, has received $100,000 in state funding.
A water quality project in Sioux Center has received $100,000 in state funding.
The Sioux Center Meadow Creek Wet Pond project will receive $100,000 to help them install a large wet pond in the middle of an existing grassed waterway on the southeast side of the city. The pond will capture and treat runoff from 144-acres of land to protect the West Branch of the Floyd River.
According to The Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig kicked off Soil and Water Conservation Week by announcing 12 urban water quality projects that will receive funding from the state’s Water Quality Initiative (WQI).
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will provide financial and technical assistance to the communities and organizations that are implementing urban water quality practices to manage storm water. These practices help reduce precipitation run-off by capturing and soaking up water and sediment from impervious surfaces.
The department is investing over $1 million from the WQI fund to support these urban water quality projects and nearly $7 million is being contributed by other public and private partners.
In order to receive the funding, the urban water quality projects must include outreach and education components and local partners to support the project. These community-based projects must raise awareness about new storm water management methods.
The urban conservation projects include water quality practices like bioretention cells, bioswales, native plantings, permeable pavers, rain gardens, soil quality restoration and wetlands, according to The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
“When we all work together, we can improve our local water sources and help our neighbors downstream,” said Naig, reported The Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship.
To receive state funding, the urban water quality projects must include outreach and education components and local partners to support the project.